Only one regular season game into 2017, the Chicago Bears have already lost their top two receivers: Cameron Meredith and Kevin White for the entire year. This leaves the Bears with only Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, and Tre McBride III. The Bears are clearly very thin at the position, and the current options behind Wheaton and Wright are inexperienced. It’s possible the Bears may look into the free agent/trade market to add receiver depth; highlighted below are 7 possibilities:
- Dorial Green-Beckham
Age: 24 Height: 6-5 Weight: 237
Green-Beckham was originally drafted with the 40th overall pick by the Titans in the 2015 NFL Draft, and the hope was that he would develop into a #1 receiver (obviously never panned out). Regardless of his inability to carve out a role with the Titans or Eagles (who he was traded to), the 6-5 receiver is still only 24 years old. Perhaps consistent playing time in Chicago allows him to revitalize his career. Is this likely to happen? Possibly. Do I want this happen? Yes.
- Marquess Wilson
Age: 24 Height: 6-4 Weight: 206
Wilson was originally drafted by the Bears in 2013. He flashed some signs of his playmaking abilities, but injuries limited his career with the Bears. He played 4 seasons with the Bears, before signing with the Jets, who cut him in June. The Bears may consider bringing back Wilson and giving him one last chance. Is this likely to happen? Maybe. Do I want this to happen? Why not.
- Laquon Treadwell
Age: 22 Height: 6-2 Weight: 215
Unlike the other six names on this list, Treadwell is not a free agent. He currently plays for the division rival Minnesota Vikings, who took him in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Laquon (born in Chicago) has the potential develop into a number one receiver; however, he is buried behind both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Bears GM Ryan Pace would be making a bold move trading for Laquon, but with the state of the offense currently, Pace may need to get creative. Is this likely to happen? Possibly. Do I want this to happen? Absolutely.
- Jordan Westerkamp
Age: 23 Height: 6-0 Weight: 195
Another Illinois native, Westerkamp is an undrafted receiver out of Nebraska. Westerkamp was one of the top receivers in the Big10, and is known for his highlight reel catches. He appeared in one preseason game with the Miami Dolphins before being waived with an injury settlement. If healthy, Westerkamp could provide the Bears with depth at the slot position behind Kendall Wright. Will this happen? Not too likely. Do I want to see it happen? Yes.
- Vincent Jackson
Age: 34 Height: 6-5 Weight: 230
With 3 Pro Bowls, 540 receptions, 9,080 yards, and 57 touchdowns to his name, Jackson is without a doubt the most decorated player featured here. At 6-5, he is a big-bodied, veteran presence that this inexperienced Bears team could use. The downside: He turns 35 at the end of the season, and has made season-ending injured reserve trips each of the last two seasons. Are the Bears likely to add him? No. Do I want to see it happen? Not really.
- Aaron Dobson
Age: 26 Height: 6-3 Weight: 200
Former Patriots second round pick Aaron Dobson is still just 26 years old, and was just recently released by the Arizona Cardinals September 6. Like most names on this list he consistently finds himself on IR (there’s a reason talented young players are free agents in September). If the Bears feel he is able to rehab his latest injury quickly, he can make an immediate impact. Is this likely to happen? Probably not. Do I want it to happen? Sure.
- Victor Cruz
Age: 30 Height: 6-0 Weight: 204
The former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champion signed a one year deal with the Bears in the offseason, but was released after suffering an injury (seeing the theme here?). Cruz’s NFL career is likely finished; however, given the state of the Bears receiving corps, why not let Cruz have one last crack at the NFL? Is this likely to happen? Absolutely not. Do I want to see this happen? Who doesn’t wanna see Cruz salsa in a Bears end zone?