Mike Sims-Walker Interested in Bears, Who Are Interested in Brad Smith

The lockout has only been over for a few hours, but the rumor mill is already in full swing.  One of the obvious areas of need for the Chicago Bears is wide receiver.  You know that, I know that and all of the free agent wide receivers know it too.  Interestingly, one even believes that he would be a good fit here and thinks he could be the missing piece to the puzzle.  Here’s former Jag Mike Sims-Walker:

“Chicago would be one of the ideal spots for me,’’ Mike Sims-Walker said Monday. “With the offensive coordinator (Mike Martz) and Jay Cutler, the speedy receivers, the monster defense, and Matt Forte in the backfield, I think I can be the missing piece.

That’s a far cry from former Bear Muhsin Muhammad’s line about how Chicago is where wide receivers come to die.

Sims-Walker isn’t in the same crop as the Sidney Rices and Santonio Holmeses of the world but he’s a helluva lot better than the guy that the Bears are interested in, Brad Smith.  Who, you might be asking yourself?  You know Smith, don’t you?

A fourth-round pick in 2006 and former quarterback at Missouri, Smith caught just four passes last season for 44 yards with no touchdowns, and rushed for 299 yards on 38 attempts. Those numbers might not immediately resonate, but it’s likely the Bears are drawn to Smith’s 6-foot-2, 212-pound frame, versatility and the fact he represents an explosive value option who could take some of the attention off playmakers such as Devin Hester and Matt Forte.

Throughout his five-year career, Smith has contributed at several positions on offense and in the return game. In addition to catching 64 passes over his career, he’s averaged 7.8 yards per carry (98 attempts) and completed four-of-seven passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

As a return man, Smith has averaged 26.6 yards on 74 kickoff returns.

I think this is a horrible idea.  Smith is little more than a gimmick.  He’s a novelty act playing wide receiver.  All due respect to the greatest return man to ever play the game but we have one of those in Devin Hester.

If you think that Smith is going to contribute as a Wildcat quarterback should think back to the multiple failed attempts at it in Mike Martz’s scheme last year.  Square peg, meet round hole.

The Bears don’t need any more gimmicks or projects; they need a proven legitimate wide receiver to go up and get it, particularly in the red zone.


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  • Chance Thomas

    It is about the new contract, were the 3rd qb is now a player ( like Smith) and does have to just seat on the bench and wait for 1&2 to go down. They could still get sim walker.

  • BearGogglesOn

    @Chance Thomas But that would be the case regardless of the new CBA. Smith would suit up as WR and could spell QB when/if needed. Besides, they have Hanie and just drafted Nathan Ederle as #2 and #3 QB’s. If they need another QB, they should go get one and if they want another WR, they should get one of those. No need to try to kill 2 birds with one stone when you can go get 2 stones.

  • TomSchwarz

    @BearGogglesOn @Chance Thomas Especially since Brad Smith isn’t even a “stone” but rather a small pebble barely capable of injuring one bird, let alone killing two.

  • BearsBacker

    @BearGogglesOn bearsbacker I think Brad Smith has a lot of potential they could use him as a QB, RB, WR, KR. He would help us develop some wildcat package with Johnny Knox and Devin Hester. Plus Danieal Manning is likely gone so Brad Smith can take over as the kick returner. I think it would be a good move if he decently priced

  • BearGogglesOn

    Backer, have you ever heard of the expression “Jack of all trades and master of none?” That’s what I’m afraid Smith is. Remember Kordell Stewart? How about Matt Jones? Those were other gadget guys who could do a bunch of stuff. Is it wrong that I want the Bears to go get a wide receiver that, I don’t know, specializes in playing wide receiver? @BearsBacker bearsbacker

  • BearGogglesOn

    Well done Pred! @TomSchwarz @Chance Thomas

  • JustWinDude

    @think_Hi that’s cool