Chicago Bears cut WR Eddie Royal
- The Bears have parted ways with Eddie Royal after two seasons with the team. Frequently dealing with injuries, he appeared in only nine games each season.
- Royal graded below average in each of his two seasons, with a 51.4 overall PFF grade in 2015 and a 64.3 grade in 2016. He averaged a yearly grade of 69.0 with the Broncos and a 74.9 with the Chargers before his 57.9 average with the Bears.
- Kendall Wright, whom the Bears signed this offseason presumably as Royal’s replacement, has been more consistent recently, averaging a yearly grade of 73.9 in his five seasons with the titans, albeit while struggling to stay on the field himself.
- A productive slot receiver, Royal managed to catch 85.7 percent of his slot targets in 2016, good for second in the league (minimum 150 routes from slot). His 1.78 yards per route run in the slot ranked 14th last year.