Chicago Bears sign Armanti Edwards
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards has signed with the Chicago Bears.
Edwards, who was released by the Carolina Panthers, picked up and then released by the Cleveland Browns last season, signed with the Bears on Tuesday, according to Tribune reporter Dan Wiederer.
Edwards has six career catches for 131 yards in his four-year career with the Panthers and the Browns. His best season was 2013 when he caught five passes for 121 yards with the Panthers. One of those receptions went for 82 yards against the Washington Redskins.
Edwards has also returned punts and kickoffs for the Panthers. He also completed 2-of-3 passes for 11 yards and no touchdowns.
The Panthers waived Edwards after three games of the 2014 season. He signed with the Cleveland Browns, who waived him toward the end of the season after he caught one pass for 10 yards against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Bears also signed receiver Michael Spurlock, a seven-year veteran.
Adding both players gives the Bears nine receivers on their roster, including Domenik Hixon, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He won't be with the Bears in 2014 after receiving an injury settlement.
The top of the Bears' depth chart at receiver has Pro Bowlers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Marquess Wilson, Josh Morgan and Chris Williams will compete for the No. 3 receiver position.
The other receivers on the Bears' roster are Eric Weems, Josh Bellamy and Terrence Tolliver.
Edwards led Appalachian State to a pair of Football Championship Subdivision national championships. He also won the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the top player in the FCS, in 2008 and 2009.
The Panthers drafted Edwards in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft.