Thanks to Ryan Pace's dramatic overhaul last offseason, the Bears' WR corps is light years ahead of where it was 13 months ago, but it's thinned out following the free-agent departures of Josh Bellamy to the New York Jets and Kevin White to the Arizona Cardinals.
Pace began rebuilding the unit's depth Friday with the signing of 25-year-old ex-Atlanta Falcon Marvin Hall to a one-year contract. Hall follows Taylor Gabriel, who signed a four-year, $26 million deal last spring to leave Atlanta for Chicago.
Originally a 2016 undrafted free agent who signed with the Oakland Raiders, Hall has 12 career receptions for 209 yards (17.4 YPC) and two touchdowns, including 10-149-1 receiving in 16 games last season. The former Washington Huskie also logged a 23.7-yard average as the Falcons' primary kick returner last season and likely will be Chicago's emergency option behind newly signed Cordarrelle Patterson.
Hall showed off rare athleticism at UW's 2016 pro day, reportedly blazing a sub-4.3 40-yard dash and recording a 40" vertical, both of which measurements would have placed him near the top of this year's receivers at the scouting combine.
The Bears also addressed their DL depth, re-signing reserve 29-year-old NT Nick Williams to a one-year deal. In 44 defensive snaps last season, Williams logged two tackles (1 TFL). His re-signing positions the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense to return its top five defensive linemen from last season.