The releasing of Weems comes after Marc Trestman was disappointed in the veteran’s performance on kick off returns during the Bears’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
“We’re not feeling good today about our kickoff return and punt return game right now,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “We have to do better.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
The Bears were determined to release Weems in April before the veteran agreed to a restructured contract.
Weems entered training camp as the Bears’ primary returner. Weems struggled as a returner in the Bears’ first two Pre-Season games, and with his release, wide receiver Chris Williams now has an opportunity to assume the return duties if he is able to return from a hamstring injury that he suffered a week ago in the Bears’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Weems was also being looked at as a possible replacement to Marquess Wilson in the Bears’ offense, but the veteran did not record a reception in the game on Thursday.
Holmes signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Saturday morning. Holmes, if healthy, will be the Bears’ slot receiver to begin the season.