Free-agent WR Torry Holt seems like a natural fit with the Bears, who recently hired offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Holt enjoyed the best years of his career under Martz in St. Louis and said that he would consider coming to Chicago.
Holt joined the “Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Friday to talk about a possible reunion with Martz. Holt said he has kept in contact with Martz over the course of his career and that the coach would be a big reason why he would consider the Bears.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a man as well as a coach,” Holt said. “What I respect is his mind. I respect his passion for the game. I respect the standard that he sets every day.
“I would definitely — if they would have me — consider playing football in Chicago next year.”
And there’s the rub: Do the Bears even want Holt? One Chicago columnist made it clear that Holt wouldn’t be a great fit, so a reunion is unlikely.
Many believed Holt would have been great on the Bears last season, but he didn’t land in Chicago.
“I think I made it clear to them that I would have liked to join that football team last year,” Holt said.
Holt eventually signed with the Jaguars and had 51 receptions for 722 yards and no touchdowns — the first time he had been held scoreless in his career. But he did have the Jaguars’ longest play from scrimmage, a 63-yard reception. It’s evidence, Holt believes, that he still has something left in the tank, even though the Jaguars released him.
“I would again consider coming to Chicago and helping that football team out,” Holt said. “Helping Jay Cutler and giving him settled with that offense. Giving him a quality and consistent weapon play after play along with (Devin) Hester, (Devin) Aromashodu, (Johnny) Knox, (Earl) Bennett, (Matt) Forte, (Greg) Olsen. I think I could fit in real well with that ballclub and add a veteran presence.”