Bears Sign Another Veteran Target for Caleb Williams After Minicamp Tryouts

After a strong minicamp tryout, the Chicago Bears have decided to sign veteran wide receiver Freddie Swain.
The Bears have signed a veteran target to add to Caleb Williams' disposal.
The Bears have signed a veteran target to add to Caleb Williams' disposal. / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NFL season is about four months away and Chicago Bears fans are dying to see Caleb Williams on the gridiron. The former USC product set the football world ablaze with his tremendous run with the Trojans, leaving many to wonder what he has in store at the professional level.

The good news is that the Bears have done well at surrounding their franchise quarterback with weapons to help him succeed. In addition to the returning DJ Moore, Chicago went out and acquired veteran wideout Keenan Allen from the Los Angeles Chargers before using the 2024 draft's ninth overall selection on former Washington standout Rome Odunze.

On Monday, the Bears made it clear that they weren't done adding to Williams' arsenal in the form of another signing.

Bears News: Chicago Signs Veteran WR Freddie Swain

ESPN's Courney Cronin reports that the Bears have signed six players from their rookie minicamp, including WR Freddie Swain. The 25-year-old wideout received a veteran tryout with Chicago last week and, clearly, impressed the coaching staff enough to warrant a spot on the training camp roster.

Swain, a former 2020 sixth-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks, has struggled to find a place to call home in the NFL. The ex-Florida Gator was released by the Seahawks after just two seasons and has since bounced around three organizations before landing with the Bears, which includes a trio of stints with the Miami Dolphins.

Swain's lack of on-field production is one reason why stability has eluded him. In 37 career games, the Ocala, FL native has turned 42 receptions in just 576 yards with six touchdowns. He posted a 4-74-0 stat line in four games split between the Dolphins and Denver Broncos in 2022 before being isolated to the practice squad for the entire 2023 campaign.

Unless he completely balls out, Swain will likely be competing for the WR5/6 roles against the likes of Velus Jones Jr., Dante Pettis, and Tyler Scott. He may not see a ton of playing time if he cracks the 53-man roster, however, it never hurts to have too much veteran depth.

We'll see if Swain can potentially play a role in any success that the Bears since this fall. For now, Chicago's projected 2024 win total sits at 8.5 with the Over being favored (-150) on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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