Source: Bears Give Original-Round Tender To WR Cam Meredith

Meredith recorded 66 receptions for 888 yards in 2016.

Chris Emma
March 12, 2018 - 12:37 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears will place an original-round tender on restricted free-agent receiver Cam Meredith, a source confirmed. The news was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Meredith, 25, will get the chance to explore offers on the open market, but the Bears will hold the right to match any offer. However, they receive no compensation in return should Meredith move on. The tender comes with a payout of $1.907 million for the 2018 season.

Meredith broke out in 2016, recording 66 receptions for 888 yards and four touchdowns. He suffered a torn ACL last August in the preseason and missed the entire year, one in which he would've served as the team's top target.

Wide receciver stands as one of the Bears' greatest needs this offseason, with the team expected to explore options on the free-agent market. With the beginning of the legal tampering period Monday, negotiations can officially begin with free agents.

A native of the Chicagoland, Meredith signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and earned his place to the active roster in time. A quarterback at Illinois State, he successfully converted to receiver in his senior season and made impressions on the NFL. His greatest chance with the Bears came in 2016 as the team dealt with attrition at receiver, giving Meredith his shot for playing time.

The Bears also will place an original-round tender on receiver Josh Bellamy, the Tribune reported. Bellamy has primarily served as a special-teams contributor during his time with the team.

With free agency having arrived, the Bears are positioned to be aggressive with their ample cap room in pursuit of a top target for 23-year-old quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Players like Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins stand out on the open market, while the Bears could also pursue Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson.

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