NFL analysts and fans alike were confused when the Chicago Bears passed up on taking wide receivers early in the 2022 draft. Surrounding quarterback Justin Fields with offensive weapons should be a top priority right now, but the team continues to make underwhelming free agent signings.
Chicago Bears Free Agency
The Bears announced that they have signed both Tajae Sharpe and Dante Pettis to short-term deals. They join a wide receiver room that has close to zero star power outside of starter Darnell Mooney and includes the likes of Velus Jones Jr., Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown and Dazz Newsome.
Sharpe's best NFL season came when he was a rookie in 2016 and posted 522 yards to go along with 2 touchdowns on 41 receptions. He has yet to reach those same kind of marks since and is coming off a year in which he logged a career-low 9.1 yards per reception. Sharpe's upside is limited at best.
Meanwhile, Pettis has struggled to make any sort of positive impact over the last three seasons. He entered the NFL with a boom in 2018 by tallying 467 yards and 5 touchdowns on 27 receptions. Since then, the 26-year-old has only racked up 272 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in 21 games played.
Fields needs to have elite weapons in front of him in order to properly develop as a QB opposing defenses are scared to face. After all, that's how he was able to make a name for himself at Ohio State. It'll be interesting to see if any of these additions will be able to step up as a top target in 2022.
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