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Source: WR Eddie Royal visiting Bears

CHICAGO -- Free-agent wide receiver Eddie Royal traveled to Chicago on Tuesday to visit and potentially sign a contract with the Chicago Bears, a league source confirmed.

Several other teams have expressed interest in Royal, but the Bears are the clear front-runner to land the 28-year-old wideout, according to the source.

On the surface, Royal appears to be an ideal fit for a Chicago offense that currently lacks a proven slot receiver, if he can stay healthy.

The eight-year NFL veteran remains a productive player after catching 62 passes for 778 yards and seven touchdowns last season for the San Diego Chargers.

Royal is also a talented and experienced return man, handling punt return and kickoff return duties throughout his career in San Diego (2012-14) and Denver (2008-11).

Just as appealing to the Bears is Royal’s familiarity with Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler.

In the duo’s lone year together with the Broncos, Royal, then a rookie, hauled in 91 receptions for 980 yards and five touchdowns.

In 98 career games, Royal has caught 338 balls for 3,750 yards and 25 touchdowns.

The Bears are looking to rebuild their depth at the wide receiver position after the club sent Brandon Marshall and a seventh-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for a fifth-round choice.