By Chris Emma–
(CBS) The Bears added a receiver to the fold Thursday as the new league year began, bringing Markus Wheaton into what will be a new-look offense.
Wheaton, 26, has agreed to terms with the Bears, a source confirmed. The move was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. His presence adds depth at a position of need on the day Chicago lost to receiver Alshon Jeffery to a one-year deal in Philadelphia.
Wheaton has played four NFL seasons, all with the Steelers. He played in just three games last season, hauling in four receptions as he dealt with a shoulder injury for much of the year. Wheaton’s best season came in 2015, when he caught 44 passes for 749 yards and five touchdowns. Wheaton was a third-round pick in 2013.
After losing Jeffery, the Bears are left re-evaluating the position of receiver, which now has Cam Meredith and Kevin White atop the depth chart. They also added veteran Reuben Randle on a reserve contract this offseason. Veteran Eddie Royal is a candidate to be released.
The Bears are working through drastic changes on offense, having released eight-year starting quarterback Jay Cutler on Thursday. The team is expected to sign 27-year-old Mike Glennon soon and is likely to draft a quarterback in April. Safety Quintin Demps also agreed to terms with the Bears on Thursday.