After nine games, the Chicago Bears have parted ways with Santonio Holmes.
Holmes signed with the Bears as a free agent in August and was expected to complement Chicago's talented receiving duo of Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. Holmes started two games but caught only eight passes for 67 yards. He also returned nine punts for 50 yards.
The Bears are currently last in the NFC North at 3-6, four games behind the division-leading Detroit Lions. After starting 2-1, the team has lost four of its last five entering Sunday's game vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
The passing game led by quarterback Jay Cutler ranks 12th in the NFL with an average of 251.7 yards per game.
Holmes came to Chicago after a four-year tenure with the New York Jets. An eight-year veteran -- four each with the Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers -- Holmes has 389 career receptions, 6,030 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns. His lone thousand-yard season was 2009, his last in Pittsburgh, when he caught 79 passes for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns.
- Mike Fiammetta