Yesterday, the Chicago Bears released veteran Wide Receiver Eddie Royal. He still had a year left on the three-year deal he signed after he left the Chargers. The 30-year-old spent three seasons with the Chargers, two of which, were arguably two of the best in his career, so that might pose the question: "Should the team bring him back?"
The #Bears released veteran WR Eddie Royal, 30, who was due $5M this season. There is no dead cap money.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 11, 2017
In his two years in Chicago, Royal only managed to play 18 games managing 607 total receiving yards on 70 catches with 3 touchdowns. Although a reasonably small sample size, Royal caught 85.7% of his passes when lining up in the slot last year, which was the second best in the league per Pro Football Focus. However, after officially signing Mike Williams, the Chargers receiving group is looking fairly busy, to say the least. Williams is joining Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin, so it hard to see where he could fit in there.
Though Royal has always been a dual-threat. In the nine games he played in 2016, he attempted 19 punt returns, a career-high since 2010, totaling 166 yards including a 65-yard touchdown against Philadelphia showing Royal does still have some wiggle in him.
I doubt Tom Telesco would entertain a deal for Royal, but given Royal's recent run of injuries, he could come in on the cheap. Signing Royal would add some depth to the returning unit, at least for camp, and it probably wouldn't take too long to gain the good rapport back between himself and Philip Rivers.
Should the Chargers bring back Royal?
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