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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 189
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (79) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Markus Wheaton is expected to serve as the Bears' deep threat.
Along with Cameron Meredith and Kevin White, beat writer Rich Campbell considers Wheaton a roster lock. Kendall Wright and Victor Cruz are also in the mix for snaps should one or both make the club, but Wheaton was guaranteed $6 million, and GM Ryan Pace recently praised the addition of speed Wheaton offers. Wheaton averaged 17.0 YPR in his last healthy season in 2015, catching five touchdowns. Jul 19 - 9:24 AM

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Markus Wheaton thinks the Bears' receivers "definitely are underrated."

Between Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Wheaton, Kendall Wright, and Victor Cruz, the Bears do have some theoretical talent, but every player besides maybe Meredith comes with a question mark. Can White stay healthy? Can Wheaton become more consistent? Can Wright stay on John Fox's good side after clashing with multiple coaching staffs in Tennessee? Does Cruz have anything left? If the answer to some of those questions is yes, then Chicago's receivers could surprise this year, but it is difficult to call them anything but underwhelming at this point.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 26 - 9:32 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks Markus Wheaton "has a better chance to start" than Victor Cruz or Kendall Wright.

Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are likely locked in atop the depth chart, but the No. 3 job is up for grabs. Wheaton was paid like a starter with $6 million guaranteed on his two-year deal, but he is coming off an injury-ruined season and has never been particularly consistent. Wright might be the best player of the three at this point, but he struggled to stay in the good graces of multiple coaching staffs in Tennessee and profiles more as a slot option, where Meredith excelled last season. Cruz may simply be done. No matter who wins the job in camp, this is not a spot to target in fantasy.
Jun 22 - 12:20 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson listed Markus Wheaton among the starters at wide receiver in his mid-May projection.

Chicago does not have much behind Cameron Meredith and Kevin White, and Wheaton was given $6 million guaranteed on a "two-year" contract. That said, Wheaton is still recovering from a shoulder injury and has been inconsistent throughout his career. After signing Dion Sims and drafting Adam Shaheen in the second round, the Bears could end up using a lot more two-tight-end sets.
May 15 - 10:03 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Markus Wheaton's contract with the Bears amounts to a one-year deal at $6 million.

The full contract is for two years at $11 million with $5 million guaranteed, and apparently $6 million in year one. It sounds like the second year on Wheaton's deal amounts to a team option. So the Bears gave Wheaton a deal similar to Brandon Marshall's, who landed a two-year, $11 million contract from the Giants with another $1 million available through incentives. Reports out of Chicago had the team struggling to woo free agents due to organizational instability coming off a 3-13 season. The Bears were forced to severely overpay backup-caliber players Wheaton, CB Marcus Cooper, TE Dion Sims, and QB Mike Glennon.
Mar 12 - 6:11 PM

New Bears WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder surgery) is still rehabbing.

Wheaton doesn't expect to be "fully recovered" until next month. It sounds like he will miss a decent chunk of the offseason program. Injuries wrecked Wheaton's final year in Pittsburgh. Expectations should be low for his output in Chicago.
Mar 10 - 3:42 PM

Bears signed WR Markus Wheaton, formerly of the Steelers, to a two-year contract.

That'll fix it. The Bears have a concerning lack of quality depth after Alshon Jeffery bolted in free agency, and Wheaton is not the answer coming off an injury-riddled end to a disappointing stint in Pittsburgh. The former third-rounder does have some theoretical upside, however, and is a fine dart throw. Kevin White and Cameron Meredith are currently the Bears' top two receivers.
Mar 9 - 7:05 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Eagles are "exploring" free agent WR Markus Wheaton.

He would be a depth piece for a team with no depth at receiver. The Steelers are moving on from the 2013 third-rounder.
Mar 9 - 12:47 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers have shown "little interest" in re-signing free agent WR Markus Wheaton.

Reporter Ed Bouchette passed along something similar last week. Now 26, Wheaton is a career underachiever who had an injury-ruined 2016. He might have to wait until the second wave of free agency to find a new home.
Feb 28 - 5:10 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette "wouldn't expect" the Steelers to re-sign free agent WR Markus Wheaton.

Wheaton missed a ton of time with a shoulder injury last season and required surgery to repair a torn labrum in early January. He ended up catching just four passes for 51 yards and one score across three games following somewhat productive 2014 and 2015 seasons. Wheaton turned 26 earlier this month. He'll likely have to settle for one-year, prove it-type offers in free agency.
Feb 21 - 8:16 PM

Impending free agent Markus Wheaton underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Wheaton is facing a three-month recovery, which puts his already shaky trip to free agency on even less stable ground. He will almost certainly have to settle for a prove-it deal, and that offer might not come until deep into the third wave of free agency. Wheaton had just four catches for 51 yards in three appearances in his contract year.
Jan 2 - 1:27 PM

Steelers placed WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) on injured reserve.

Pittsburgh also officially sent RE Cameron Heyward to injured reserve to make room for OLB Bud Dupree and RB Daryl Richardson. Expected to serve as the No. 2 receiver with Martavis Bryant suspended, Wheaton was limited to just three games because of a lingering shoulder injury. He finishes his contract year with four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. He will likely have to take a prove-it deal this spring.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 01:57:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 11.

A non-factor all year, Wheaton is having a worst-case-scenario contract season.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 01:41:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) didn't practice on Wednesday.

A nagging shoulder injury has kept Wheaton sidelined since Week 5. There's been no indication that he's close to returning. Right now, the Steelers' top three wideouts are Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers and Cobi Hamilton.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 05:42:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) will see a specialist.

Wheaton hopes to get news that "doesn't end my season." Wheaton has never been healthy in 2016, missing most games and struggling mightily when on the field. The Steelers have been cycling through options behind Antonio Brown, and could really use a healthy Wheaton.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 02:12:00 PM

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5Ka'Deem Carey
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2Jeremy Langford
3RB1Jordan Howard
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FB1Mike Burton
2Freddie Stevenson
WR11Cameron Meredith
2Markus Wheaton
3Deonte Thompson
4Josh Bellamy
5Daniel Braverman
WR21Kevin White
2Kendall Wright
3Victor Cruz
4Rueben Randle
5Tanner Gentry
WR31Markus Wheaton
TE1Zach Miller
2Dion Sims
3Adam Shaheen
4Daniel Brown
5Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Bradley Sowell
3William Poehls
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