The Chicago Bears wide receiver depth chart looks to be set for not only 2019, but the future as well
What a difference a year makes. Last year when we did this post the Chicago Bears wide receiver room looked a wasteland. One year later and almost none of those names from 2017 are still with the team. (How does Josh Bellamy do it?)
With a new group the Chicago Bears look to be set not only this season but also moving into the future.
Robinson is signed on for 2019 and 2020. It would be tough to envision the scenerio where he does not play out those two years. While there is a question in Robinson already having ACL surgery in his career, and missing three games last season as well, he is still just 25, and having to miss three games the season after the procedure may help his long term health anyway.
There is a better chance the Chicago Bears head into the 2019 offseason with eyes on a Robinson extension than them trying to get out of his contract.
Taylor Gabriel is signed through 2021. Like Robinson, all signs from 2018 are that he has the chance to play out that deal. The team could move on from him and save over four million after this upcoming season but that seems unlikely at this point.
The Chicago Bears do not have a second round pick this year because of Anthony Miller. They had better hope he sticks around beyond 2020. Miller missed time with a shoulder injury last season, and one of his better qualities coming out of the draft was that at his age, he could produce immediately in 2018.
When he was on the field he produced, but a bigger step is expected next season.
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For a seventh round pick, the Bears have to be happy with the progression of Wims. While he was mostly inactive he hung around the roster and slowly climbed over Kevin White on the depth chart. As of now he is penciled into the number four wide receiver, and that would be another nice step forward.
Tanner Gentry, Cyril Richardson, Jordan Williams-Lambert
Remember when Gentry was supposed to be an answer at wide receiver? 2019 may be one of his last runs at the 53-man roster in Chicago as the fifth spot is currently open. Richardson and Williams-Lambert are looking to take the spot of Gentry as the practice squad player everyone loves.
Free Agents or Draft?
Josh Bellamy is a free agent and at this point it is expected that he is back once again. If Bellamy comes back, the Bears should feel comfortable about Wims capping off the depth and the big three names locked in as starters.