The Chicago Bears initially seem focused on improving their offensive line to help quarterback Justin Fields. While that’s not a bad plan, at some point they’ll have to get more aggressive in the wide receiver market. Going into 2022 with Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown as the top three options seems misguided. Perhaps GM Ryan Poles could consider an alternative with the free agent market drying up.
The exchanges become more regular from year to year. The wide receiver position proves it like never before. Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Robert Woods and Amari Cooper have all gone to new teams over the past month. What makes it crazier is that Woods and Cooper went for modest returns, 5th and 6th round picks. If that is the market price, the Bears could be looking to take advantage, assuming the right player is available.
Here are four they should consider.
Chicago Bears still have trade options
Laviska Shenault (Jacksonville Jaguars)
I have already discussed this idea in a previous article. Shenault is an exciting talent with a unique blend of strength and ability after the catch. He’s not a burner but he’s faster than it looks at first glance. His productivity in Jacksonville was modest at 600 yards each of the past two seasons. Much of that can be attributed to the abysmal training situation he was trapped in for two years. After signing Christian Kirk and Zay Jones to team up with Marvin Jones, Shenault needs a fresh start. His rookie contract would be cheap for the Bears, and his versatility matches their preferences in attacking Luke Getsy.
DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins)
It took the former 1st round pick a long time to finally reach his potential in 2019, racking up for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns. Since then, a mix of inconsistent coaching, QB issues and health setbacks have seen him barely score yards in the past two seasons combined. Now, with the arrival of Tyreek Hill from Kansas City to team up with Jaylen Waddle, it looks like Parker is no longer in the Dolphins’ plans. He’s only 29 and brings a great body with strength and hand-eye coordination to make tough catches. Fields doesn’t have a target on the list like that.
Great job from Brandin Cooks to come up and get that b/w two defender but saint fumes what a throw from Tyrod Taylor. On his back foot, the defender threatens him, and the ball still gets a perfect arc for Cooks to go find. pic.twitter.com/F910XtuC22
-Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass) September 13, 2021
Brandin Cooks (Houston Texas)
Here’s a stat for you. From that point on, Cooks delivered a 1,000 yard season with five different quarterbacks in his NFL career. This speaks to his incredible consistency as a target. At 28, he remains in his prime and possesses the revolutionary speed that Poles tend to covet in this position. His $16 million salary cap hit this year isn’t too bad, and he could sign an extension to mitigate that since he’s a free agent in 2023. Having him and Darnell Mooney in the field simultaneously would be pretty exciting. . Especially with a terrific depth pitcher like Fields on the trigger.
Kenny Golladay (New York Giants)
The great irony is that the Chicago Bears tried to sign the hometown boy last offseason, but the Giants offered him more money. Now the regime and the coaching staff that wanted him are gone, and he’s coming off a frustrating season where he missed multiple games with injuries and didn’t even score a touchdown. New York is now tight on the salary cap, and their new GM might want to create some flexibility while offloading the mistakes of the previous regime. Golladay is a baller when healthy. The $21 million salary cap would be an issue, so it might need to be negotiated to get there.
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