Bears deepen at receiver with signing of Josh Morgan

Bears deepen at receiver with signing of Josh Morgan
April 21, 2014, 3:15 pm
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The No. 3 wide receiver slot might be the desired destiny for 2013 seventh-round draft choice Marquess Wilson, but it will not be without challenges.

The Bears added former San Francisco (2008-2011) and Washington wide receiver Josh Morgan on Monday with a one-year deal that potentially adds another big (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) wideout to an offense replete with them. Morgan caught 20 passes last season for Washington, none in the Redskins’ win over the Bears, but Morgan returned three kickoffs for 53 yards and has averaged 23.1 on 27 kickoff returns for his career.

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Morgan, 29 this year, has a total of 199 pass receptions for his career, which began as the 49ers’ sixth-round selection in the 2008 Draft out of Virginia Tech. He left the 49ers for Washington in 2012 with a five-year, $12 million contract that voided to two seasons and caught 48 passes for 510 yards and two touchdowns in his first Washington year.

But he faded last season and fell from grace with then-Washington coach Mike Shanahan, culminating in Morgan being inactive for the final game after starting 15 in 2012 and seven last year.