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Victor Cruz agrees to one-year contract with Bears

The Chicago Bears continue to add to their collection of veteran wide receivers.

Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has agreed to terms with the team on a one-year deal, the Bears announced. Cruz celebrated the news with a slick photoshop.

News of the move was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Kimberly Jones.

Since being released by the Giants in mid-February, Cruz had garnered interest from the Bears, Jaguars and Ravens, but only met with Chicago. His unceremonious departure from Big Blue continued to bother him as he went unsigned throughout the offseason, even up until this week when he told a radio show that his dip in production down the stretch in 2016 was due to the Giants’ front office intentionally sabotaging his season.

Cruz is the fourth notable wide receiver to join the Bears this offseason. Chicago has signed former Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton, former Titans receiver Kendall Wright and Cruz’s ex-teammate Rueben Randle to complement Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.

There’s no telling whether Cruz will find his footing in Chicago’s deep but competitive receiving corps; that’s for a spicy training camp battle to decide. But his signing in the Windy City allows for the wide receiver to rewrite his career with a rebuilding unit after multiple injury-addled seasons with the Giants.

Bears LB Leonard Floyd taken off field on stretcher

Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Leonard Floyd was taken off the field on a backboard and a cart after a frightening injury Sunday in his team’s 22-16 loss to the New York Giants.

While Floyd and teammate Akiem Hicks were converging on Giants running back Rashad Jennings, the crown of Floyd’s helmet led into Hicks’ leg and compressed. The injury happened with 5 minutes, 53 seconds remaining in Sunday’s game.

The entire Bears team and several Giants gathered around in a show of support. Floyd pumped his fist and showed some movement while being carted off.

“It hurt us mentally and physically to see Leonard go down like that,” Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee said. “That’s one of our young bucks. That’s one of our playmakers. That’s one of the guys we depend on. He’s a great guy. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, and our prayers go out to him. Hopefully he’s back soon.”

As is standard NFL protocol, Floyd was taken to the hospital for observation.

Bears coach John Fox said following the game that Floyd’s movement looked good and was encouraging.

“It’s difficult to see a young guy like that [who has] made the strides that he’s made get hurt,” Bears linebacker Willie Young said. “It’s definitely tough. But I’ve been around long enough to know that’s just the game that we play.”

The first-round pick joins tight end Zach Miller, left guard Josh Sitton and cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc as Bears knocked out of Sunday’s game.

Floyd was taken with the No. 9 pick of the 2016 NFL draft. The Bears traded the No. 11 pick and a fourth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move up to get him.

He started the season slowly and was sidelined for three games after hurting his calf in Week 4. Since returning to the field in Week 7, Floyd has had 10 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown.

His five sacks this season lead all rookies.