Fantuz signs with Bears

Andy Fantuz is leaving the Roughriders to play for the Chicago Bears next season. (QMI Agency/Codie...

Andy Fantuz is leaving the Roughriders to play for the Chicago Bears next season. (QMI Agency/Codie McLachlan)

MARK MALONE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:58 PM ET

CHATHAM, Ont. -- Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Andy Fantuz signed a two-year contract Friday with the Chicago Bears.

"It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL," said the native of Chatham, Ont., over the phone. "To finally get that opportunity, to get that chance, it's exciting for me.

"I've had a great time where I've been playing in the CFL, but it's the dream of every football player to play in the NFL."

The 27-year-old played five seasons in the CFL, all with the Roughriders.

The six-foot-four, 220-pound Fantuz was chosen the CFL's most outstanding Canadian in 2010 after amassing a league-high 1,380 receiving yards.

Contract terms with the Bears were not disclosed.

"They need a bigger type of receiver," Fantuz said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm going to compete come camp, but it would be the same boat wherever I go."

Fantuz worked out for six NFL teams after the CFL season, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

"I got feedback from four of them, all pretty similar offers," he said.

He said the Bears want to use him as a possession receiver.

"All the teams only bring you in if they see you fitting in somewhere," he said, "but looking at the (Bears) roster and the people they have and the people they have coming back, it doesn't look like I'll be competing against any guys they have on the team."

Fantuz was in the option year of his CFL contract, so he was allowed to sign with an NFL team until Feb. 15. If he didn't sign, then he'd return to the Roughriders.


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