Bears replace one pair of receivers with another
Aromashodu previously played two seasons for the Chicago Bears and had some early success as a “big target” for quarterback Jay Cutler, catching 24 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns in during his first active year in Chicago (2009). But Aromashodu experienced a drop in production after being limited by nagging injuries. During his first stint with the Chicago Bears, Aromashodu combined 34 receptions for 447 yards and four touchdowns, while playing in 24 regular season games with four starts.
The 29-year-old Aromashodu was originally selected out of Auburn in the seventh-round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, but failed to make the 53-man roster. He picked up with the Indianapolis Colts and spent most of the next two seasons on the practice squad, until he appeared in six games with one start late into the 2007 season. He only made seven receptions 96 yards for the Colts.
Aromashodu spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and was again showed a spark in his first season, catching 26 passes for 468 yards and one touchdown in 2011, before cooling off the following season with just 11 receptions for 182 yards.
The five-year veteran Aromashodu was one of the 10 Vikings players who were slated to become free agents this offseason. While the Vikings re-signed most of their free agents, the three remaining – including linebacker Jasper Brinkley (Arizona), offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz (Kansas City Chiefs) and now Aromashodu – all signed elsewhere.
Aromashodu combined 78 receptions for 1,193 yards and five touchdowns in 61 games with 11 starts during his NFL career.
Meanwhile, Jerrell Jackson most recently played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, appearing in the season finale last year. The 23-year-old originally entered the NFL as a undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2012, before signing to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad and being promoted to the active roster late last season.
The 6-foot-0, 192-pound Jackson had 113 receptions for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns while playing 49 games (with 24 starts) at Missouri.
Both Jackson and Aromashodu add further depth to the Chicago Bears’ already crowded group of receivers.