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Santonio Holmes reportedly agrees to terms with Chicago Bears

Frank Schwab
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For a while it looked like Santonio Holmes might not get another NFL shot, then a pretty intriguing opportunity came his way.

Holmes has agreed to terms with the Bears, according to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter. While that doesn't mean Holmes will be on the 53-man roster by the time Week 1 rolls around, it's an interesting fit.

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Holmes, 30, led the NFL in yards per reception in 2007 and was a Super Bowl MVP with the Steelers. His time with the Jets wasn't very good, as he never reached 1,000 yards in any of his four seasons, mostly because he was regularly dealing with injuries and bad quarterback play.

Now he comes to Chicago, with a better quarterback in Jay Cutler and a great offensive mind in coach Marc Trestman. If he can find his way as the Bears' third receiver (which was supposed to be unproven second-year receiver Marquess Wilson, before he broke his collarbone), he'll never get much defensive attention with receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery taking most of it. He could be a nice contributor for the Bears, if he can make the roster.

There are clearly reasons Holmes didn't latch onto a team until mid-August, even with receiver-needy teams like the Browns and Panthers looking for help. He has been injury prone and unproductive for a few years, and he has also created his share of off-field drama. But now that Holmes is on a team he has a chance to revive his career, and he's in a pretty good spot to do so.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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