Bears add receiver depth with the addition of Bennie Fowler

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 30: Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler (16) runs after the catch for a 29-yard gain in the third quarter of an AFC West divisional game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs on October 30, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 29-19. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

LAKE FOREST – With their potential number two receiver gone to the Saints, the Bears figured they would have to add a receiver or two to round out the corps as the offseason workouts continue.

That’s exactly what they did this weekend.

On Monday the Bears confirmed the widely reported signing of wide receiver Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract, adding to the group of receivers that will take the field for Matt Nagy’s first season in 2018.

In mostly a reserve role with the Broncos the past three seasons, Fowler caught 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns in Denver. Fowler’s most productive season was the one just finished as he had career-highs in catchers (29), yards (305) and touchdowns (3).

During his rookie season in 2015 after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State, Fowler had the distinction of catching the last NFL pass from legendary quarterback Peyton Manning. He snagged a two-point conversion throw in the fourth quarter of Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina at Levis Stadium.

He jump into a receiver rotation that figures to be led by recent free agent signee Allen Robinson, who joins the Bears from the Jaguars. The question now is who fills out the other spots on the depth chart, since the group features Fowler, Kevin White, Josh Bellamy, Tanner Gentry, DeMarcus Ayers, and Mekale McKay.

All will have their shot to compete for a spot in a wide open Bears receiver room in 2018.