For his career, Michigan State product has 43 catches for 482 yards with 3 TDs
By Vaughn McClure, Tribune reporter
7:50 PM CDT, March 28, 2012
The Bears have added another receiver for Jay Cutler to target.
Wednesday evening, the team agreed to terms with free agent Devin Thomas on a one-year contract. The terms of the deal were not immediately available.
"I know I'm joining an organization that's legendary. That's the first thing that comes to mind, the tradition and the history," Thomas told ChicagoBears.com. "The team has shown so much promise and just needs a little bit more to get to the Super Bowl. I think they're putting the right pieces together. They have the right mentality to be right there. I'm looking forward to joining the team and adding to the success of the team."
Thomas was a second-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2008 but never panned out in that offense. The former Michigan State standout has started 11 career games with the Redskins, Panthers, and New York Giants. He was a key special teams contributor during the Giants' run to the Super Bowl championship.
In his career, Thomas has 43 catches for 482 yards with three touchdowns. Thomas also has the ability to contribute as a return man.
It's not surprising that the Bears had an interest in Thomas. The team put Thomas through a private workout prior to the '08 draft. That year, the Bears drafted Earl Bennett in the third round.
The addition of Brandon Marshall as the No. 1 receiver and the possible contributions of Thomas and fellow newcomer Eric Weems to the receiving corps should make up for what could be a significant loss for the Bears. Multiple sources said Johnny Knox, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in December, is scheduled to start the season on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to recover. Knox would miss the first six games of the regular season if placed on the PUP list, as expected.
Bears coach Lovie Smith refused to speculate on Knox's status during the owners' meetings, but signing Thomas gives the Bears added insurance at receiver and on special teams. Twitter @vxmcclure23
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