Bears land CFL wide receiver Andy Fantuz

In the option year of his contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Andy Fantuz was ready to strike out for the NFL.

After spending almost a month surveying the league and getting numerous tryouts, Fantuz signed a reserve/futures contract with the Chicago Bears on Friday. He chose their offer over similar ones made by the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.

Fantuz, who became the first Canadian-born player to lead the league in receiving this past season, is excited about the opportunity.

“It was a tough decision,” Fantuz said. “I had a great thing going. In sports and in any business you always want to reach the top level. If you reach the top level, you want to find a bigger business. It’s been a dream for me growing up in an Americanized community where we watched more NFL than CFL to reach the NFL. That was the end goal.”

He helped lead the Roughriders to the Grey Cup this past season when he was named an all-star for the first time in his five-year career. Fantuz caught 87 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns. He called Cameron Wake the poster boy for all CFL players. The Miami Dolphins linebacker has 19

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