Fowler was cut by the Patriots on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Fowler's tenure with the Patriots comes to an end less than a week after he was signed. He was signed Tuesday and didn't make it to his first tilt with the team. He'll again be a free agent and look to catch on with another club in 2018.
Fowler agreed to a contract Tuesday with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After cutting wideouts Riley McCarron and Chad Hansen on Monday, the Patriots didn't take long to address their dwindling depth at the position, as Fowler and 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman will both be added to the roster Tuesday. Fowler spent the past three seasons with Denver, tallying 56 receptions for 698 yards and five touchdowns over that span. The 27-year-old latched on with the Bears over the offseason, but failed to impress in training camp and the preseason and was included among the team's final cuts. Fowler and Coleman will both get the opportunity to compete for snaps in New England, but the duo will likely enter the Week 2 matchup with the Jaguars firmly behind Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson on the depth chart at receiver.
The Bears have signed Fowler, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The addition of Fowler bolsters a Chicago receiving corps that recently saw Cameron Meredith head to the Saints as a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-1 212-pound Fowler caught a career-high 29 passes for 350 yards and three TDs for the Broncos last season. He'll now jostle for slotting on the Bears' 2018 wideout depth chart (behind top option Allen Robinson) along with the likes of Taylor Gabriel, Kevin White, Josh Bellamy and Tanner Gentry.
Fowler ended 2017 with 29 receptions on 56 targets for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Fowler enjoyed career highs across the board, but it's fair to wonder what could have been with some better play both by Fowler and the quarterbacks he was catching passes from. He opened the season with a two-touchdown game, but proceeded to have a case of the drops push him down the depth chart. He nabbed a grand total of five catches from Weeks 9 through 16 before a four-catch season finale, a product of Cody Latimer and Emmanuel Sanders being held out. Fowler could be retained on the relative cheap as a restricted free agent in 2018, but with a youth movement likely coming in Denver, it's worth wondering whether the team will cut its losses on a player that once appeared to be a pretty solid No. 3 option.
Fowler and Jordan Taylor are in line to see increased playing time Sunday against Washington, with both Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and Cody Latimer (thigh) downgraded to out this week, the Denver Post reports. Fowler, who has caught 25 passes for 294 yards and three TDs in 14 games to date, is an option for those scrambling to replace either Sanders or Latimer, but it has yet to be solidified whether he'll be catching passes from Brock Osweiler or Paxton Lynch (ankle) on Sunday.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|9||11/05||Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|12||11/25||@New York Jets||17||24.00|
|17||12/30||New York Jets||17||24.00|
|3 Year Avg||35||19||233||2||11||12.26||35|