Bears, WR Victor Cruz agree on a 1-year deal

The ex-Giants receiver returned to action in 2016 after missing nearly two seasons to injury.

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Bears, WR Victor Cruz agree on a 1-year deal

  • The Bears have signed Victor Cruz to a one-year deal. Cruz returned to the field last season after missing most of 2014 and all of 2015 with a knee injury.
  • Cruz will hope to continue to get back to his old self in 2017. After averaging a 79.9 grade 2011-2013, Cruz averaged a grade of just 61.0 in his 2014 and 2016 seasons (53.9 last season).
  • Cruz’s route tree was much more limited in 2016. 55 percent of his targets came on hitches and go routes compared to only 16 percent of his targets coming on such routes in 2014.
  • He also caught 50 percent of his deep-ball targets with zero drops on those passes, good for the 13th-best catch rate out of 78 receivers with at least 10 deep targets.

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  • crosseyedlemon

    Even if Victor isn’t very productive he brings class and professionalism to the Bears locker room. Glad we signed him.

    • McGeorge

      Plus he’s a good dancer.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I think Victor was probably exercising his displeasure with the double standard Giants management has shown. They tolerate Beckham’s childish tantrums which could cost the team games but don’t show the other WRs the same level of support.

    • 0034

      I agree. He is very likable & can lead by example. It seems like The Bears have a lot of slot receivers. They gave Wheaton the best contact (at least I think so). Does that mean that Wheaton will get more of the outside WR attempts? Good luck to all of the Bears WR. I am hopeful that one or two of them will really elevate themselves this year.

  • Andre Taylor

    Ok after signing WR Kendall Wright, and Markus Wheaton, to then turn around and sign another smallish WR in Victor Cruz. Kevin White hasn’t done anything as of now, and outside of Cameron Meredith the Bears don’t have any other WR with any real size, so the signing makes little sense. I understand Bear fans wanting to see the moves Ryan Pace has made this off-season as the glass half full. However i don’t see how HC John Fox is comfortable with these moves, he is a run first coach and play good defense. It is only a matter of time before the issues implodes between Fox and Pace.