Bears To Sign WR DeAndre Carter

DeAndre Carter spent some time with the Bears during the 2020 season. A new coaching staff and front office will invite the veteran wide receiver/return man back for a second go-round.

After spending the 2023 season in Las Vegas, Carter is coming back to Chicago, per Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz. Carter has spent time with 10 NFL teams and has now completed two reunion agreements, having signed with the Raiders seven years after a short Oakland stop.

The Ryan Pace-Matt Nagy regime initially brought in Carter in 2020, claiming the 5-foot-8 wideout off waivers from the Texans and keeping him through season’s end. Carter, 31, played in four Chicago games that season but then trekked to Washington for the 2021 campaign. Carter visited the Bears early in the Ryan Poles-Matt Eberflus regime’s run but played the 2022 season with the Chargers. He has not played for the same team in consecutive seasons since spending parts of the 2019 and ’20 slates in Houston.

Formerly a 2015 Ravens UDFA, Carter has a 538-yard receiving season on his resume — a 2022 showing in a year that featured Keenan Allen and Mike Williams injuries — but has been a special teams fixture during the 2020s. A handful of teams have made the return game a priority following the NFL greenlighting a trial run of the XFL kickoff; the Bears are following suit.

Carter operated as the primary return man in Washington, L.A. and Vegas over the past three seasons. Also seeing return-game work for the Texans and Bears in 2020, Carter notched a kick-return touchdown with Washington in 2021. Being the Raiders’ preferred option to return both kickoffs and punts in 2023, Carter averaged 23.8 yards per kick return and 9.7 per punt return. Carter ranked 12th in the latter category last season.

It will be kick returns that generate more attention this season, and Carter follows the likes of Cordarrelle Patterson, Laviska Shenault and ex-Bear Tarik Cohen among returners signed following the rule change. The Bears used Velus Jones Jr.¬†as their primary kick returner last year; he averaged 27.2 yards per return. Trent Taylor worked as Chicago’s primary punt returner; Taylor has since returned to the 49ers.

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