The Pittsburgh Steelers lost one of their unrestricted free agents on Thursday as wide receiver Markus Wheaton has reportedly agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2017
Wheaton, who missed most of the 2016 season due to a shoulder injury, was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.
A fresh start with a new team is probably just what Wheaton needs. Former Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders benefited from a change of scenery several years ago when he signed an unrestricted free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
During his four seasons in Pittsburgh, Wheaton caught 107 passes for 1,508 yards and 8 touchdowns. His best game as a Steeler came against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 regular season when he caught 9 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown.
It will now be interesting to see what kind of money Wheaton received from the Bears and what kind of playing time he’ll ultimately receive.
New #Bears WR Markus Wheaton: "I'm absolutely excited." Said he played with QB Mike Glennon at the Senior Bowl and noted his "big arm."
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 10, 2017
Wheaton took to social media to thank the Steelers.
— MarkusWheaton (@twheat002) March 10, 2017