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Bears hope Kendall Wright rekindles magic with Dowell Loggains

The prevailing thought in Tennessee was that receiver Kendall Wright needed a fresh start.

Selected 20th overall in 2012, Wright suffered a series of setbacks the past three years with the Tennessee Titans that necessitated a change of scenery. Wright's production dipped in the years after his 2013 breakout season -- 94 receptions for 1,079 yards.

Some of Wright's misfortunes were out of his control -- Tennessee went through a ton of quarterbacks prior to drafting Marcus Mariota -- but the 5-foot-10 receiver missed 11 games from 2015-16. Wright caught just 29 balls for 416 yards in his final season with the Titans.

Still, the Chicago Bears expect Wright to contribute in the fall. Wright signed only a one-year deal, but the Bears guaranteed him $1 million -- $250,000 signing bonus and $750,000 of his $1.25 million base salary. Wright can also earn $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses when he's on the active 46.

Wright didn't receive the same type of deal as fellow free-agent receiver Markus Wheaton ($6 million in 2017), but the Bears aren't paying out $1 million in guarantees to later cut a player in August. Wright will have a role on offense.

To what extent remains to the seen. There is no depth chart in March, but Wright is behind Wheaton, Kevin White and Cameron Meredith in the pecking order, for now. The Bears must also decide what to do with veteran Eddie Royal, who is due $5 million in 2017.

Helping Wright's cause is Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who coached the receiver in Tennessee from 2012-13. Loggains is the one who called plays for the Titans when Wright had the big year in 2013.

"Dowell is just 'get open,'" Wright said. "He's not doing anything special; I just think I fit in the offense he runs pretty well. He put no limitations on my game. He didn't just tell me to play slot. He let me play whatever I wanted to play, whatever position. The more you can do with him, the better you'll be."