Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Earl Bennett. Have the Bears ever had so much potential at the wide receiver position? As Bears fans, we can’t help to be optimistic about a Marc Trestman led Jay Cutler slinging the ball all over the field. Marshall, Jeffery, and Bennett have all proven to be aggressive receivers not afraid to fight for a wobbly pass or an extra yard. Now that Devin Hester appears to be suffering from self inflicted shoe leather poisoning, the question becomes – do the Chicago Bears have a deep threat with the ability to get behind a free safety on any given down? Or a better question- who will be that deep threat for our 2013 campaign?
Free Agent Speedsters:
Wes Welker and Victor Cruz would be ideal fits for the Bears needs, but there is no room for either of these speedsters in the Bears wallet. Cruz, being a restricted free agent, means the Giants can offer Cruz a matching salary from the highest bidder to retain his services, and they will. Wes Welker will probably get a second franchise tag this year. If the Pats decide not to go after Welker for another year then he will likely get a long term Sam Walton-like contract from a team that needs a true #1 wide receiver.
Before you tell me about Amendola’s health and toughness concerns, ask someone who has ever dislocated a collar bone if they could take to the field after three weeks. Not only did he suffer a dislocated clavicle, but the clavicle dislocated inward rubbing against his aorta and trachea. The Rams are still convinced this injury has never happened to another NFL player. That’s right, three weeks after this injury was the 11 catch 100+ yard performance in the infamous tie with the 49ers. Not only does Amendola fit with the Bears need for a deep threat, but his inability to consistently complete a 16 game season likely makes his price very doable.
Trust me, I would love for Knox to be our deep threat for the foreseeable future. I would love nothing more than to see Johnny Knox be the 2013 comeback player of the year. If he plays for one snap of football in 2013 then he will deserve it!
Dwayne Bowe? Mike Wallace? A draft pick? Who do you think should round out our receiving core? Do you think we should skip looking for additional pieces at the WR position? Let me know what you think and we’ll get the dialogue started!