On Wednesday, the Bears chose not to match, the two-year, $9.6 million ($5.4 million guaranteed) offer for wide receiver Cameron Meredith, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
An unknown when he signed with the Bears out of Illinois State as an undrafted free agent in 2015, the 25-year-old heads to New Orleans to catch passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
Meredith had a career-high 66 grabs for 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016, leading the team in receiving yards. He tore his ACL late in the 2017 preseason and it is clear now more than ever that the Bears were not comfortable in giving him that money due to his injury.
It is a surprise to many but think about the guys they have on the roster. Allen Robinson was signed this off-season but is coming off a torn ACL and Kevin White has been injured in all three seasons in the league and has $2.96 million guaranteed coming to him in 2018. Add in Taylor Gabriel's $5.5 million salary for this season and you can see why the Bears didn't want to bring back Meredith.
#Bears offensive depth chart right now:
QB: Trubisky, Daniel, Bray
RB: Howard, Cohen, Cunningham
WR: Robinson, Gabriel, White, Bellamy, Gentry
TE: Burton, Shaheen, Sims, Brown
OL: Leno, Long, Grasu, Whitehair, Massie
— Jake Perper (@BearsBacker) April 11, 2018
PODCAST: Here is the break down of the Bears' decision to let Meredith go to New Orleans.
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