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Bears sign WR Devin Thomas to one-year deal

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The Bears have signed receiver Devin Thomas to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday night.

Thomas was a second-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2008 out of Michigan State, where he had an eye-popping junior year, wit 79 catches for 1,260 yards and eight touchdowns.

In the NFL, though, he's mostly been a special teams player; he has 43 career catches for 468 yards and three touchdowns.

In the NFC title game against the San Francisco 49ers, Thomas had two fumble recoveries, one of them in overtime to set up the game-winner. He also returns kickoffs, although he hasn't scored a touchdown and has a modest career average of 24.1 yards per.

He is 6 foot 2, 221 pounds.

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Just wondering the Bears Have signed Weems, Thomas and Costnzo;anyone else think that Hester might be on the way out since he has a 10 million dollar roster bonus.

So let's see...we went from having our biggest receiver being 6'0, 200 lbs in Earl Bennett, who is at his best in the slot or at flanker, to having a 6'4", 230 true #1 receiver, and then add a 6'2, 220 lb special teams beast who can return kicks. Zero split end players when the season ended, and now 2 of them coming to camp.

Thomas may never be part of the rotation at wide receiver, but in all honesty, even a castoff from another team is better than what we trotted out there last year.
Not to kick a man when he is down, but Johnny Knox was afraid to run a slant before his injury, and was not a good route runner regardless. Hester can't read defenses, and should have only been in the slot, but he had to play outside because our group was so bad. Sanzenbacher was not even good enough to get drafted, and really did nothing to dispel that. Cutler made him decent, but he will never be much more than what he was last year. Roy Williams...I think Seabiscuit has had enough, so I'll leave that dead horse alone...

This coming season, we will be putting Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett, Devin Thomas, Eric Weems, and Devin Hester out there as a top 5. If nothing else, we at least have 2 split ends, a flanker, and a couple of slot guys. A well rounded group, and I would bet we draft another wideout somewhere on Saturday.

Emery is getting the job done, and bringing in talent that upgrades the roster. We were incredibly thin for the last 2-3 years, and we have gotten lucky with regard to injuries. This team is a lot deeper than it has been in several years. Not stocked with superstars, but with players who have a track record, and hardly any of them are medical risks...

Nice pickup because Devin Thomas will give Chicago some depth behind Brandon Marhsall at the split end position. Although Thomas has never really panned as an NFL receiver, maybe with Jay Cutler throwing him the ball he'll have a chance?

I think your starters are gonna be Brandon Marshall at split end, and Earl Bennett at flanker, both these guys have a great rapport with Cutler. This receiving core has the makings to be a great one for Chicago, especially the way Bennett and Marshall work with Cutler. This could be Chicago's best passing offense since Eric Kramer was throwing the ball to Jeff Graham and Curtis Conway back in the late 90's.

I'd still like to see Chicago draft a receiver, maybe in the 5th-6th round, someone like Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller, the 6-4 223lb receiver could give the Bears another option at split end. Fuller has great hands and size, and has had a pretty solid career at A&M, his only knock is his lack of straight line speed, he's only a 4.6 40 guy, despite that, I think he'd be a great addition to Chicago's receiving core GO BEARS!!

Lots of changes on the Bears; I hope they all work out, but I still have doubts about the offensive line.

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