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Free agent Wheaton signs with Eagles

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo by Gary C. Caskey/UPI
Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo by Gary C. Caskey/UPI | License Photo

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who did not select a wide receiver in last week's NFL draft, signed free agent wideout Markus Wheaton to a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Wheaton, a third-round pick of Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013, signed a two-year, $11-million contract with the Chicago Bears last year.

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After undergoing shoulder surgery late in 2016, he had an appendectomy during training camp, a broken finger at the start of the season and a torn groin muscle in October.

Those setbacks led to him making only three receptions for 51 yards in 11 games for the Bears, who released him in March.

Wheaton's best season with the Steelers came in 2015, when he had 44 receptions for 749 yards and five touchdowns.

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