Chargers Trade Inman to Bears

Wide receiver going to Chicago for draft pick

The Chargers traded wide receiver Dontrelle Inman to the Bears for a conditional draft pick on Wednesday. Chicago has lost two wideouts for the season to injury and needs some help for rookie QB Mitch Trubisky.

For Inman this is the next step in a career that took the very long road to the NFL.

A wide receiver out of Virginia, Inman was an undrafted rookie who signed with the Jaguars but didn’t make the 53-man roster. He spent a pair of years in the Canadian Football League putting up monster numbers and earned a spot on the Chargers practice squad with a big preseason in 2014.

He stepped onto the active roster later that season and became a Chargers fan favorite. Football fans like the underdog story, the undrafted kid that makes it. Inman played 41 games for the Bolts, catching 107 passes for 1,463 yards and seven touchdowns.

Philip Rivers said Inman was reliable, one of the biggest compliment a quarterback can heap upon a receiver. But once 1st round pick Mike Williams got healthy Inman was once again the odd man out. Inman was a healthy scratch from the last two games so the Bolts sent him to a place where he can play again.

The Chargers are likely getting back a pick that will be commensurate with the one they sent to the Bills during the preseason for backup quarterback Cardale Jones.

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