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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver | #80

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (79) / PIT
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Eagles signed WR Markus Wheaton to a one-year contract.
Injures limited Wheaton to 11 games after Chicago signed him to a two-year deal last offseason. He hasn't had a productive season since 2015 and won't be guaranteed a spot with the Eagles. Wheaton is a veteran flyer behind Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Mike Wallace. May 2 - 5:10 PM

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Free agent Markus Wheaton will visit the Seahawks on Friday.

The Seahawks are thin on pass-catchers after letting Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham walk in free agency. They also came up short in their pursuit of Jordy Nelson, who chose Oakland over Seattle and New Orleans. Wheaton had a handful of productive years for the Steelers early in his career but has caught just seven passes combined over his last two seasons. The 27-year-old was let go by Chicago earlier this week.
Mar 16 - 1:47 PM

Bears released WR Markus Wheaton.

The move creates $5 million in cap space. After a lost 2016 in Pittsburgh, Wheaton had an equally disastrous 2017 in Chicago. The former third-rounder could not get healthy and caught just three passes across 11 appearances. Wheaton was dealing with bottom-barrel quarterback play, but he was hardly blameless in his struggles. Headed into his age-27 season, Wheaton will struggle for guaranteed money on the open market.
Mar 14 - 6:35 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson admits the Bears will "probably" release WR Markus Wheaton.

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs said the same thing last week, and it's actually amazing the beat writers aren't considering it a given that it will happen. Wheaton was an utter bust as a free-agent signing last offseason, catching three passes in 11 games. He was one of GM Ryan Pace's many whiffs in free agency. There's no way Pace can justify paying Wheaton $5 million in 2018.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 10:13 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs hints it's more likely than not that the Bears release Markus Wheaton.

Biggs didn't come out and flat-out say it, but the Bears are not going to pay Wheaton $5 million after a disastrous first year with the team where he couldn't stay healthy. He was bad in Pittsburgh before that. GM Ryan Pace had a truly awful free-agent crop in 2017. Figuring out the receiver position is at the top of the to-do list for Pace and new coach Matt Nagy.
Feb 16 - 9:52 AM

Markus Wheaton was held without a catch on one target in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

The zero-catch effort caps a true nightmare of a campaign. Injured from the jump, Wheaton was then ineffective, and couldn't crack the rotation in the league's thinnest receiver corps. He caught three passes in 11 games, "earning" $6 million in the process. There's a zero percent chance Wheaton is retained at his scheduled $5 million 2018 salary.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:20:00 PM

Markus Wheaton played just two snaps Week 10.

Wheaton is finally healthy, but it looks like he is now buried on the depth chart behind new addition Dontrelle Inman, Kendall Wright, and even Josh Bellamy. Perhaps Wheaton can jump Bellamy if he can stay healthy, but it is highly unlikely he becomes a fantasy factor this season.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (groin) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

It means Wheaton will return after missing the past three games. Even with the Bears direly shorthanded at receiver, Wheaton won't offer any fantasy value as Mitchell Trubisky is eased in under center.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 06:21:00 PM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (groin) was limited during Wednesday's practice.

Wheaton is hopeful he will be able to play Sunday against the Packers, but his health cannot be taken for granted at this point. Even if he is active, Wheaton will not be a fantasy option.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (groin) participated in Monday's practice.

The Bears are not required to issue a report, so it is not clear how much he actually did. This is a good sign coming out of the bye week, but Wheaton remains unlikely to be a fantasy factor the rest of the season.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Markus Wheaton (groin) has been ruled out for Week 8.

We almost forgot $11 million man Wheaton was still on the Bears' 53.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 01:49:00 PM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a torn groin.

The Bears' supposed No. 2 receiver has been racked with injury since the early days of camp. He has one catch in three games. The team could opt to cut its 2017 losses and place Wheaton on injured reserve instead of waiting for him to get healthy. Limited to six games the past two years, Wheaton isn't much of a hold in Dynasty leagues.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 05:49:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 1-of-4 targets for zero yards in the Bears' Week 5 loss to the Vikings.

Progress. In his first two games with Chicago, Wheaton was catch-less on five targets. He now at least has a grab, but it didn't gain any yards. Wheaton led the Bears in snaps played with 46 on Monday night, but he's very clearly a pedestrian player. Wheaton belongs nowhere near fantasy rosters.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 12:31:00 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 0-of-3 targets in the Bears' Week 4 loss to the Packers.

Wheaton now has zero grabs on five targets in two games as a Bear. One of his missed connections this evening was an absurd overthrow from Mike Glennon that resulted in an interception. Wheaton's fantasy prospects won't be worth re-evaluating until he gets in a game or two with Mitch Trubisky under center, whenever that may be.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 12:57:00 AM

Markus Wheaton couldn’t haul in either of his two targets Sunday in the Bears’ Week 3 win over the Steelers.

It was an underwhelming debut for Wheaton, who was out-targeted by Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham and Zach Miller among others. Wheaton committed an ugly drop on a third-down opportunity in the first quarter, though the miscue was wiped way by a roughing-the-passer penalty called against Pittsburgh. He’ll look to rebound from Sunday’s goose egg Thursday night against the Packers.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:39:00 PM

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5Billy Brown
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3Matt Pryor
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