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Eagles Welcome Markus Wheaton To Wide Receiver Mix

The Eagles signed former Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

The 5-11, 189-pound brings experience playing from both the outside and the slot in his five-year NFL career. He has 110 receptions for 1,559 yards and eight touchdowns in 58 regular-season games (22 starts). A third-round pick out of Oregon State in 2013, Wheaton has also averaged 23.6 yards on 27 kickoff returns.

In his second and third seasons, the 27-year-old combined for 97 receptions, 1,393 yards, and seven touchdowns.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, he thrived in the shuttle drills ranking fourth among receivers with a 4.02-second 20-yard shuttle and second with an 11.16-second 60-yard shuttle. That sudden quickness shows up in his ability to get himself open in the red zone and deep down the field.

Injuries have hampered Wheaton's career. A shoulder injury limited him to just three games in 2016. A free agent signing of the Bears last offseason, Wheaton underwent an appendectomy in Training Camp, missed two games with a finger injury, then three more with a groin injury.

Wheaton was also a track athlete at Oregon State. The Chandler, Arizona native finished his college career in with a school-record 227 receptions to go along with 2,994 receiving yards (third in Oregon State history) and 16 touchdowns (sixth all time) in 49 games (33 starts).

Take a look at what it was like inside the Eagles' draft room during the 2018 NFL Draft.

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