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Markus Wheaton WR

Chicago Bears

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
5%0%
Key Stats
GPCatchesYdsAvgTDsFirst Downs
345112.812

Player Updates

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Bears' Markus Wheaton: Gets $5 million guaranteed from Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (shoulder) received $5 million guaranteed on the two-year, $11 million deal he signed with Chicago, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

It's a surprisingly strong contract for a player who caught just four passes in three games during an injury-plagued 2016 season -- a year that many expected to serve as his breakout campaign. Wheaton did turn 79 targets into 44 catches for 749 yards (9.5 YPT) and five touchdowns the previous season while mostly serving as Pittsburgh's No. 3 wideout behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Wheaton never quite emerged as a consistent second option behind Brown when given the chance, but the speedy 26-year-old might still have a bit of untapped upside. He'll be paid like a high-end No. 3 receiver -- as will fellow free-agent acquisition Kendall Wright, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract Saturday. With Cameron Meredith and injury-plagued Kevin White (fibula) projecting as the starters, Wheaton may end up battling Wright for the No. 3 role. Wheaton said he expects to be ready for the start of the team's offseason program in April.

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Bears' Markus Wheaton: Expects to be healthy for OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (shoulder), who signed with the Bears on Friday, said he expects to be ready for the start of the team's offseason program in April, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

A torn labrum limited Wheaton to just three appearances in his final season in Pittsburgh, and the Steelers didn't show much (if any) interest in bringing him back. The departure of Alshon Jeffery leaves some snaps and targets up for grabs, but even if he's back to full health, Wheaton may just end up competing for the No. 3 job behind Cameron Meredith and Kevin White (fibula).

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Bears' Markus Wheaton: Lands deal with Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bears signed Wheaton (shoulder) on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Given plenty of opportunity to establish himself opposite Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh, Wheaton joins a receiving corps that has lost the services of Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal (toe) this offseason. Wheaton is coming off an injury-plagued campaign in which he made just three appearances before landing on IR due to a torn labrum, which required surgery in January. For his career, he's hauled in 107 of 187 passes for 1,508 yards and eight touchdowns across 47 games.

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Steelers' Markus Wheaton: Not getting much interest from Steelers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers have shown little interest in re-signing Wheaton (shoulder) as he prepares for unrestricted free agency, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

After playing in only three games during the final season of his rookie contract, Wheaton underwent surgery in early January to repair a torn labrum. He had no shortage of chances to establish himself as a leading complement to Antonio Brown over the past four seasons, and while Wheaton did show some promising flashes, he never really emerged as a reliable No. 2 receiver. The Steelers also have some promising young talent at the position -- namely Sammie Coates (hand/groin) and Martavis Bryant (suspension) -- which will likely leave Wheaton in search of a new team.

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Steelers' Markus Wheaton: Undergoes surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Wheaton (shoulder) underwent surgery to repair his labrum Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Wheaton only played in three games this season, as he never returned from the shoulder aliment he suffered after Week 5's win over the Jets. He'll now be out of commission for at least three months but could return in time for offseason workouts in April and May. Wheaton is an unrestricted free agent, so it's uncertain where he'll wind up next season, but this injury could deter teams from taking a chance on the wideout.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.RecYdsLgTD
19/12/16WAS0000
29/18/16CIN0000
39/25/16PHI1220
410/2/16KC130301
510/9/16NYJ219130
610/16/16MIA0000
710/23/16NE0000
911/6/16BAL0000
1011/13/16DAL0000
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2013Pittsburgh Steelers12166410.7210105
2014Pittsburgh Steelers16115364412.24725233
2015Pittsburgh Steelers1684474917.07259532
2016Pittsburgh Steelers3245112.8301102
TOTAL4722107150814.172816772
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2013Pittsburgh Steelers12100---0000
2014Pittsburgh Steelers16114194.812001
2015Pittsburgh Steelers16800---0000
2016Pittsburgh Steelers3200---0000
TOTAL47224194.812001
Kick Returns
YearTeamGNoYdsAvgLgTD40+
2013Pittsburgh Steelers1223718.52500
2014Pittsburgh Steelers162049424.74101
2015Pittsburgh Steelers16510521.02800
2016Pittsburgh Steelers300---000
TOTAL472763623.64101
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013Pittsburgh Steelers1277.000000.0000
2014Pittsburgh Steelers1622.000000.0000
2015Pittsburgh Steelers1611.000000.0000
2016Pittsburgh Steelers300.000000.0000
TOTAL471010.000000.0000
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-11/189
Birthdate:
2/7/1991
Age:
26
Hometown:
Phoenix, AZ, USA
School:
Oregon State
NFL Experience:
5
Awards:

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