Once thought to be on the verge of stardom with the New York Giants, wide receiver Rueben Randle is now trying to get back into the league via the lowest rung of the NFL totem pole. Randle Tuesday signed a reserve/futures contract with the Chicago Bears.
A 2012 second-round draft pick by the Giants, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Randle had size, speed and good hands. He caught a career-best 71 passes for the Giants in 2014. His four seasons with the Giants were, however, plagued with inconsistency, miscommunications with quarterback Eli Manning and questions about just how badly Randle wanted to play.
Those questions dogged him into free agency last offseason. The Giants didn’t try to bring him back when his rookie contract expired and there were no big offers for his services.
Randle, 25, ended up signing a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, and got cut during training camp. NJ.com said that the Eagles cut Randle “when it became apparent that previous concerns about a shoddy work ethic that had dogged him during his time with the Giants were legitimate issues.”
He was unable to find work during the 2016 season, and will now have to work his way back from the bottom of the Bears’ depth chart.