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 caught two passes for 11 yards in Thursday's loss to the Ravens.
With the Bears starting all reserve players, Fowler found himself rotating in the with starters, and aside from the Chicago wide receivers who played in the second half, he led the team in targets. He'll be fighting for a roster spot during camp since Chicago's first three wide receiver spots are mortal locks while Josh Bellamy is likely set to function as the fourth receiver. That said, he has a solid chance to crack the opening-day roster if he can put together a solid preseason.
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 didn't receive a restricted free agent tender and thus will become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday unless he re-signs with the Broncos before that time, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
The Broncs may hope to sign Fowler for less than the minimum RFA tender, but it's also quite possible they're just looking to go in another direction. Regardless of where he ends up, Fowler will have a tough time matching his role from last season, when he set personal bests across the board with 29 catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns on 56 targets. His poor efficiency marks -- 51.7-percent catch rate, 6.3 yards per target -- suggest he was a bit overmatched as a No. 3 receiver.
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.
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|7||10/21/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/18||@ BUF||8:15 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
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