When the Bears
had a private workout with Devin Thomas
before the 2008 NFL draft
, they obviously figured the former Michigan State standout was capable of contributing.
Four years later, it's obvious the Bears feel the same way about the 25-year-old Thomas.
The need for insurance at receiver based on Johnny Knox
's injury status, as well as the desire to keep the special teams units among the league's elite no doubt prompted the Bears to secure Thomas with a one-year contract. He comes to fresh off a Super Bowl
title with the Giants
Maybe his championship vibe can rub off on a franchise desperate for a ring.
"I know I'm joining an organization that's legendary. That's the first thing that comes to mind, the tradition and the history," Thomas told the Bears' club-controlled website. "The team has shown so much promise and just needs a little bit more to get to the Super Bowl. I think they're putting the right pieces together. They have the right mentality to be right there. I'm looking forward to joining the team and adding to the success of the team.''
made Thomas the 34th overall pick of the '08 draft but he never lived up to the high expectations while playing alongside quarterback Jason Campbell
, now his teammate on the Bears. Thomas has just 11 starts in 55 career games with the Redskins, Panthers
, and Giants and has recorded 43 catches for 482 yards and three touchdowns.
Judging by looks alone, one would think the Bears would find a way to utilize the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Thomas on offense to give Jay Cutler
another big receiver opposite Brandon Marshall
(6-4, 230). Marshall will be the primary target, and Devin Hester
should have an increased workload under new offensive coordinator Mike Tice