3 Free Agent Wide Receivers Bears Must Target Following N’Keal Harry Injury
By Larry Rupp
The Chicago Bears cannot stay healthy at the wide receiver position. Rookie Velus Jones Jr. remains day-to-day with an unspecified injury and Byron Pringle is absent with a quad issue. To make matters worse, N'Keal Harry is now undergoing surgery that will keep him sidelined for around eight weeks.
When it comes down to it, the Bears would be smart to add more depth before Week 1 rolls around in September. The good news is that the NFL free agent market still includes a few veterans with some gas left in the tank. Let's take a look at three of the best options for Chicago.
Chicago Bears Free Agency
1. Will Fuller
Will Fuller missed almost the entire 2021 season with various injuries. Rib and elbow issues plagued him early on before a broken finger ended his season in Week 4. It was another bump in the road for a receiver with undeniable talent. Keep in mind Fuller racked up 879 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2020 (11 games) before a PED violation caused him to be suspended. The 28-year-old averages an impressive 14.7 yards per reception in his career and is just looking for another chance to prove himself. He would also be Fields' most dangerous deep threat. That's not a bad gamble to take on a one-year, prove-it type contract.
2. T.Y. Hilton
Another veteran still looking for a home is T.Y. Hilton. Reports suggest he is still "in the mix" to re-sign with the Indianapolis Colts, but the chances of that happening are dwindling by the day. Hilton was connected to the Bears all the way back in April and the pairing makes sense. The 32-year-old is familiar with Matt Eberflus from their time together in Indy and a veteran presence in the locker room would be huge for a young receiving core. Hilton averages a reliable 67.8 yards per game in his career and has scored 53 touchdowns in 143 contests. Lining him up alongside Darnell Mooney would put some pressure on the defense.
3. Emmanuel Sanders
While it's likely that Emmanuel Sanders is looking to sign with a contender at this point in his career, the regular season is almost here. He may have to join whatever team reaches out and the Bears should be that team. Sanders has logged at least 600 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in each of his last four seasons. That level of success immediately places him above players like Dante Pettis and Tajae Sharpe on the depth chart. It's worth noting that Chicago hired Luke Getsy to be its offensive coordinator this offseason and his goal is to implement an offensive scheme similar to that of Kyle Shanahan. Sanders excelled with the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 (502 yards, 3 touchdowns in 10 games).
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