Five Chicago Bears Offseason Needs: Offensive line, WRs are musts

Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears
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Chicago Bears Offseason Needs: Wide Receivers

If Justin Fields is going to grow as a passer in the NFL, he needs players to pass the ball to. During the 2021 season, the Chicago Bears ranked 25th in the league for receiving yards and 29th for receiving touchdowns. They were also 29th for receptions of 20-yards or more with just 40 over the course of the 17-game season.

To make matters worse, the position is going to see a hit this offseason. Allen Robinson, Jakeem Grant, Marquise Goodwin and Damiere Byrd are all set to become free agents. That leaves just Darnell Mooney, Dazz Newsome, Isaiah Coulter and Nsimba Webster left.

The good news is that the four returners combine for just over $3.58 million. That should leave the Bears plenty of cap space to go after a wide receiver or two in free agency as well as adding through the 2022 NFL Draft.

For a young quarterback, having a reliable veteran receiver can be a great asset. Would Amari Cooper come to Chicago? Maybe not. Could they throw a lot of money at Chris Godwin or Mike Williams to try and get an improvement at the position? Of course.

That doesn’t include a very deep wide receiver class that should see first round talents fall into the second round. If there’s an offseason to need wide receivers, this might be one of the better years to have it on the list.