Nov 20, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) makes a reception over Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Should the Bears Go All-in for Vincent Jackson?


Now that the Free Agency/Franchise Tag dust has settled, it’s clear there is one top-flight free agent wide receiver that will be hitting the open market and it’s Vincent Jackson.   Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson and Wes Welker got tagged,while Stevie Johnson signed an extension.  That leaves Jackson and Colston among the top unrestricted free agents for whom teams will be vying.

Last week we discussed the possibility of a soft market for the top targets.  I’d like to backtrack on that and say that report was erroneous.  Given the players that won’t hit the open market means that top guys who did will command top dollar.

We can get at least a ballpark idea of what kind of contract VJax will be seeking.  He’s sure to be seeking more than the 5-year $36.25 million that Johnson got, with nearly $20 million in guaranteed money.

Jackson will be the top target and will have multiple deals to chose between.  Do the Bears have the salary cap room to make a deal?  Sure they do, but so do a lot of other teams.  Will new GM Phil Emery take the plunge into the deep end of the pool and go for the big fish Jackson or will he stay in the shallow end and try to nab a few smaller fish.

If the Bears go for Jackson, they’ll use up a decent chunk of their estimated $30 million in salary cap room.  Plus, they have nearly $8 million accounted for in the Forte deal.  They have to leave themselves a little bit of room to sign a backup quarterback, a tight end, a cornerback, a defensive end and try to re-sign some of their own free agents like Amobi Okoye, Corey Graham and Craig Steltz.  If they commit big dollars to Jackson, they might not be able to do the rest of their offseason shopping.

Should the Bears go all-in on Jackson, even if it means skimping on other areas for improvement?   With as many holes as the Bears have to fill, would they be better off spreading the money around?  It’s a big bet to make.  Is VJax enough of a sure thing?

Shoud the Bears go "All-in" on Vincent Jackson?

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  • ALL_ChiSports

    @bearsbuzztap no…i’d actually look more towards Brandon Marshall

  • richarddavis220

    @bearsbuzztap
    no

  • bmgrisham

    @bearsbuzztap heck yes!

  • Bkvbman36

    @bearsbuzztap. OFFER HIM SUM CASH…..PLZZZZ

  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    The cap room is there. I think they can sign him and one other top or second tier guy while getting their own wrapped up. They would not be able to fill all needs but would vastly improve the team.

    I say go for him and draft another wide out with the first round pick. That could make that a position of strength and would certainly improve the offense.

    You can use the rest of the picks towards defense and maybe a tackle. Bottom
    Line is the offense needs to be better this will only improve Forte and Cutlers play.

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  • Phil_X

    Maybe not “all in”, but they need to be a top player in this. If they can’t get VJ, then they need to hit Colston hard.

  • sportysport

    IF JERRY ANGELO DID HIS JOB AND NOT SHYED AWAY FROM THE NOT NEEDING A #1RECIEVER EITHER IN F.A  OR THE DRAFT..WE WOULDNT BE IN THIS PREDICAMENT. NOW THAT MARTZ IS GONE AND TICE IS AT THE HELM, WE FINALLY GOT SOME ONE THAT ACTUALLY THINKS IN REALITY, NOT FANTASY LIKE ANGELO DID..THEY NEED A BIG STRONG WIDEOUT TO STRETCH THE FIELD..AND V.JAX IS THE BEST OPTION OUT THERE…IT NEVER MADE SENSE, TO ANYONE, THAT ANGELO WOULD MORTGAGE THE FRANCHISE FOR CUTLER, AND NEVER GET HIM THAT TRUE #1, FOR HIM TO SHINE.. ..SO ITS NOT TIME TO THINK ABOUT MONEY, YOU DONT HAVE TIME FOR THAT,PLAYING IN THE NFC NORTH,.WANNA COMPETE,GOTTA FORK OUT THE DOUGH…SO SIGN VJAX, DRAFT FLOYD WITH THIER FIRST PICK, AND THELL BE SET AT THE POSITION FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS OR SO…