of Chicago Bears I haven’t been able to make any big moves at wide receiver this season. It wasn’t too surprising. GM Ryan Poles inherits a team with limited salary cap space and no 1st round pick. He didn’t want to sacrifice more future capital trying to snag a big name on the market when there were plenty of other holes to fill the roster. So the Bears chose quantity over quality, adding several new faces like Byron Pringle. Come on HarryEquanimius St. Brown and Veles Jones.
If one or two of them are strong targets for Justin Fields, that’s a huge plus. Still, many expect the Bears to be active on the receiver market next spring. You will be in a much better position to do so. The Poles have carefully managed their payroll to where they should have more than $90 million in salary cap space—more than enough to go after the most popular targets. Unfortunately, that chance may be dead thanks to a series of recent expansion announcements.
Seahawks’ WR DK Metcalf is signing a three-year, $72 million extension with $58.2 million guaranteed, per source. The deal includes a $30 million signing bonus, the highest ever for a WR. Metcalf will be a free agent again at age 27.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2022
The 49ers are giving Debo Samuels a three-year, $71.55 million extension, including $58.1 million guaranteed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2022
of #Steelers And WR Diontae Johnson has agreed to a two-year, $36.71 million extension, a source says. The sides worked last night and this morning to finalize the shortest contract we’ve ever seen, allowing him to become a free agent after the 2024 season.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 4, 2022
The Chicago Bears may need to find some receiving help in the draft.
Samuels, Metcalf and Johnson were all considered the best remaining 2023 free agent receivers. All are now locked in new deals with their major teams. That makes the pool dangerously shallow for teams looking for on-site help. A quick look at the rest of the names includes:
- Michael Hardman
- Darius Slayton
- Jacob Meyers
- Alan Lazard
- Jarvis Landry
Not exactly a masterful array of names. Unless an unexpected player is released or lands on the trade block, the Chicago Bears will turn their attention to receivers. 2023 draft. That’s not necessarily bad. Early projections have five receivers looking like 1st round prospects. The prognosticators are right, and the Bears aren’t very good this season, they should have a chance to get one of the best in the class.
It might not be the instant jolt fans are looking for, but it could be a blessing in the long run.
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