Bellamy, who received the lowest of three possible restricted free agent tenders the Bears could've given him, took his time on the free-agent market but didn't generate much interest from other teams. He'll now return to the Bears for the 2018 season and will join a wide receiver corps that includes a number of new faces, namely Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. In 15 games for Chicago last season, Bellamy caught 24 of 46 targets for 376 yards and one score.
Bellamy entered the league as an undrafted free agent, which means the Bears won't receive compensation if he signs elsewhere, though they'll still have the ability to match an offer sheet. The 28-year-old wideout caught 24 of 46 targets for 376 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last season when he was pressed into action due to injuries at the top of the depth chart. The Bears are expected to aggressively seek upgrades at wide receiver, potentially leaving Bellamy to compete for a roster spot if he's still with the team when training camp begins.
Bellamy caught one pass for 30 yards in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings and ended the season with 24 receptions (on 46 targets) for 376 yards and one touchdown.
Bellamy has been in the league five years and will be an unrestricted free agent as he enters his age-29 season. Although his aforementioned receiving yardage total was the best of his career, the fact he was unable to carve out much of a role on a team desperate for receiver help implies he'll serve as no better than a fourth or fifth wideout on a short-term contract in his next stop.
Bellamy (foot) practiced fully Thursday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bellamy didn't take long elevating from some limitations to none at practice this week. With the Browns' 21st-ranked pass defense on tap Sunday, he'll seek out his fourth performance of 50-plus yards receiving in his last six appearances.
Bellamy was limited by a foot injury at Wednesday's practice, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
After a five-catch, 70-yard performance Saturday against the Lions, Bellamy is currently sitting on career bests in both receptions (20) and yards (297) in a given season. Those numbers rank fourth and third, respectively, among Bears skill-position players. With two practices to go this week, Bellamy has plenty of time to return in full before the Week 16 game versus the Browns.
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