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Veteran WR Help for the Bears Not Happening?

From the writings of Pro Football Weekly, looks as if the Bears are not going to put on a power play to try and land a veteran WR before the start of training camp. Here’s the report:

Team insiders were not surprised at all by GM Jerry Angelo’s recent denial of a NFL Network rumor that the Bears had specifically inquired about 34-year-old ex-Giants WR Amani Toomer. With every passing day, the prevailing feeling around Halas Hall seems to be that the Bears could be ready to sink or swim with their WR corps as it is currently constructed, and that the odds of adding veteran help have slipped way below 50-50. In a recent conversation with one team source, Bears WR coach Darryl Drake said that the biggest reason behind second-year WR Earl Bennett’s lack of productivity as a rookie was that he had a pair of veterans — Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd — ahead of him on the depth chart.

“That got me to thinking,” the source said after doing some quick math. “You look at the fact that Booker and Lloyd had only a combined 20 catches the last 11 games and how little they actually brought to the table, and you could see how the team might now be saying, ‘Let’s not just bring in some mediocre veteran guys, just because they have more experience.’ I’m not saying they won’t eventually sign another veteran. But I don’t think they want any veterans further retarding the progress of Bennett. Same thing goes for (third-round pick Juaquin) Iglesias, who they believe can contribute right away. I think there is more of a willingness to throw those guys out there and see what they can do.”

One more note on the veteran WR front: New Bears OLT Orlando Pace recently revealed that he had tried right up to the last minute to convince his former Rams teammate Torry Holt to join him in the Windy City. But Pace said Holt opted to sign with the Jaguars, as much as anything because of Jacksonville’s warmer weather.

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