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APR 13, 1:01p ET | The Sports Post
Rotowire: Mar 11 / 9:31p ET
News: Royal signed a three-year contract with the Bears on Wednesday.
Impact: Royal officially joins the Bears after spending the last three seasons playing for the Chargers. He will likely fill a slot role in Chicago like he did in San Diego, but will hard pressed to match the scoring output he posted the last couple seasons given the Bears' other red zone weapons.
Rotowire: Mar 10 / 1:37p ET
News: Royal will sign with the Bears, NBC4's Dianna Marie Russini reports.
Impact: Royal will be reunited with Jay Cutler, just days after it was announced that Brandon Marshall, another former Bronco, will be traded to the Jets. With Marquess Wilson likely stepping up to replace Marshall on the outside, Royal figures to work out of the slot, where he's always been most comfortable. One of the league's least-efficient receivers for much of his career, Royal came into his own while working with Philip Rivers the past two seasons. Of course, expectations for production should be held in check, with the Bears still boasting an offense that includes Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte.