THE Chicago Bears and veteran receiver Santonio Holmes agreed to terms Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed. ESPN first reported the news.
The eight-year veteran joins an offence still in search of a productive third receiver following Marquess Wilson's broken right collarbone on Aug. 4.
Holmes, whom the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted 25th overall in 2006, has 5,963 career receiving yards and 36 touchdown receptions.
However, he totaled only two touchdowns and 43 catches during the last two seasons with the New York Jets, as foot and hamstring injuries cost him 17 games.
Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot in 2012 that required two surgeries. He wasn't as effective in 2013 as he was before the foot problem, and he tore his right hamstring and missed five games.
He has not returned a punt in a game since 2010, and he hasn't returned a kickoff since his rookie season.
The Jets released him in March as part of a salary-cap purge.
Holmes, 30, worked out for the Bears on Aug. 5 in Bourbonnais.
None of the receivers in camp behind Pro Bowlers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery has separated himself in the competition to replace Wilson. Veterans Eric Weems, Josh Morgan and Micheal Spurlock and first-year receiver Josh Bellamy have gotten the most repetitions in practices and games.
-- Chicago Tribune