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Here's the Free Agent the Bears Need to Target Next

Larry Rupp
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is the free agent the Chicago Bears need to target next.
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is the free agent the Chicago Bears need to target next. / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

It's become clear that the Chicago Bears are going to have to make some kind of move at wide receiver given No. 1 option Allen Robinson is testing out free agency. The list of candidates is slowly shrinking as NFL teams across the league continue to sign the top pass-catchers on the market.

One name that sticks out among the remaining free agents is JuJu Smith-Schuster. Not only does he thrive in catching passes out of the slot position, but Smith-Schuster also has the speed to be a legitimate downfield threat. The Bears should do whatever it takes to bring him to the Windy City.

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Even with Robinson on the field, Chicago still finished with the eighth-fewest receiving yards in the NFL last season (3,635). The receiving core struggled to get open on a consistent basis, especially near the end zone. In fact, only nine of the team's 16 receiving touchdowns were caught by WRs.

Chicago fans are going to be worried about Smith-Schuster's health and for good reason. The 25-year-old underwent shoulder surgery in 2021 and only played in 5 games overall. However, he averages a reliable 11.9 yards per reception and 61.2 receiving yards per game in his career.

The last time Smith-Schuster played at least 16 games in a season (2020), he racked up 831 yards and 9 touchdowns on 97 receptions. Those are marks Robinson was hitting at his best. Everything lines up for Smith-Schuster to be the dynamic offensive weapon quarterback Justin Fields is missing.

With nearly $32.9 million in available cap space, the Bears have the opportunity to outbid other teams and lock Smith-Schuster into a long-term deal. We'll see if that turns out to be the case. For now, Chicago has odds set at +8000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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