Chicago Bears agree to terms on a one-year deal with WR Victor Cruz

Former Giants WR joins Bears competition to play the slot

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New York Giants' Victor Cruz (80) tries to get past Philadelphia Eagles' Nolan Carroll (22) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
New York Giants' Victor Cruz (80) tries to get past Philadelphia Eagles' Nolan Carroll (22) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) — Matt Rourke

The Bears added yet another veteran receiver Thursday, agreeing to terms with former Giant Victor Cruz on a one-year deal.

“The Giants will forever be family. But for now, Bear down!!!” Cruz wrote on his Instagram.

According to Art Stapleton of The Record, Cruz's deal is worth $2 million with another $2 million available in incentives.

The 30-year-old known for his salsa dance touchdown celebration, Cruz has only two touchdowns combined in the past three seasons.

In 2016, Cruz played in 15 games with 12 starts and caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown. He tore his patellar tendon in his right knee in October 2014 and then missed all of 2015 because of an injury to his left calf.

An undrafted player who made the Giants after a rookie minicamp tryout in 2010, Cruz broke out in 2011 with 82 catches for 1,536 yards (18.7 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns for the Super Bowl champs. He caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots. He followed that up with 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 scores in 2012, earning a Pro Bowl appearance.

Cruz was one of the league’s most dynamic receivers out of the slot prior to his 2014-15 injuries. In ’13, he had 73 catches for 998 yards and four scores in 14 games.

The Bears don’t have a set slot receiver at this point. Free-agent addition and former Titans wideout Kendall Wright leads the group of candidates.

“I think that’s a work-in-progress,” WRs coach Zach Azzanni said about the slot position earlier this month. “I think that’s something we’ve got to figure out as a staff. We’ve got Kendall Wright that’s been in there and has been with coach [Dowell] Loggains and this system before. So he’s working at it. We’ve got Josh Bellamy can always go in there. Cam [Meredith] played in there a little bit last year. And then we’ll see maybe some free agents or something. But that’s a work-in-progress, that position right there.”

Cruz will join a competition at the receiver position for final roster spots, which includes his former Giants teammate Rueben Randle, holdovers Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson, second-year pro Titus Davis, 2016 seventh-round pick Daniel Braverman, and undrafted rookies Tanner Gentry and Jhajuan Seales.