Bears Sign Rueben Randle To Futures Deal

Rueben Randle‘s inconsistent play was maddening to the Giants, but the Eagles signed him to a free agent deal last March with the belief that they could get him to fulfill his potential. They were wrong. Randle was cut in August and, despite having a couple of NFL auditions, never caught on with another team. Rueben Randle (vertical)

The Bears were one of the teams to try him out and while he did not earn an NFL deal on the spot, they are signing him to a reserve/futures deal, per a team announcement.

Randle, 26 in May, averaged 56 receptions, 782 yards, and six touchdowns over the three seasons with the Giants. At 6’4″ and 205 pounds, the former second-round pick offers solid athleticism for a receiver of his size and the Bears are willing to take a low-risk look at him.

In an offseason where they could lose pending free agent Alshon Jeffery, the Bears must explore every depth option available.

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8 comments on “Bears Sign Rueben Randle To Futures Deal

  1. diehardcubfan

    Can you say useless. I’d rather see Braverman get the snaps next to White and Jeffrey (yes he is coming back)

    • josc2

      ^^^ agree on all accounts. Should be part of the first training camp cuts come August.

  2. Manolo

    Key word “depth” doesn’t mean they got him to start. And especially after all the injuries this year including Jeffery & White. Doesn’t hurt to add him.

  3. Joe Felicelli

    I like this move. No risk to signing him to this kind of deal, and with Jeffery not under contract, Royal likely to be let go, and Wilson not likely to be resigned, they need experience on the roster.

    He also is a different receiver than what the Bears have. He runs intermediate routes, and all of the Bears guys are basketball players. Braverman may be the future in the slot, but right now, he can barely line up correctly. Counting on him to develop into a solid #3 is dangerous in my opinion.

    If Jeffery does leave, which I fully expect him to (no way he is going to come back and play with Hoyer at QB, since he ignores anything post-snap), having Randle with White, Meredith, and whoever else they can bring in through FA or the draft will at least give them some options.

    • cubsfan2489

      It’s funny you “know” Jeffery will leave. Or that Hoyer is going to be the starting qb, (you’re crazy if you think that)

      • Joe Felicelli

        We will see. I personally hate everything about Hoyer’s game, but he is exactly the kind of QB Fox wants. No turnovers. Doesn’t care if he can’t score, but he doesn’t give the ball away.

        Jeffery will stay if the Bears pay him like an elite WR. I don’t think he is one, and I don’t think the Bears believe that either. Someone is going to be willing to overpay him, and I think it will not be the Bears.

        I don’t “know” any of this. It is what I believe to be the case based on the frustration showed by Jeffery while Hoyer was in the lineup, as well as comments from the team about Hoyer. It would be great if AJ is back, but I would not want to pay him $13-15M per year to do it.

  4. toby312

    Bears need a qb obvious right. So they trade down to the jets at 6 since jets want Clemson qb at 3. Cleveland won’t take a qb at 1 but will at 12 and San Fran shouldn’t take qb at 2 but will in second round ahead of bears. At 6 bears should have choices at qb plus the extra jets picks in their pockets acquired in swapping spots in the first! Call Pace:)

    • ChiSoxCity

      For the Bears, finding a franchise QB in this draft should be their highest priority. If that means trading up with Cleveland to accomplish this, they should do it with no hesitation.
      Given the problems with the O-line, drafting an athletic QB with elusiveness and a big arm is key. That’s why I like Watson from Clemson. He most likely will not be there at #3, so the Bears might have to go get him.
      Trubisky, the QB out of NC going to the Bears in most mock drafts, looks like a statue. I don’t see him having much success with the poor pass blocking.


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