5 Free agent wide receivers the Chicago Bears need to target

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Chicago Bears free-agent wide receiver target: JuJu Smith-Schuster

The Bears are in dire need of a true slot wide receiver as Miller is not cutting it. Since entering the NFL, JuJu Smith-Schuster has excelled greatly at the slot when he isn’t garnering most of the attention of the defense. When playing alongside Antonio Brown, he was nearly unstoppable.

Smith-Schuster just ended his rookie contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He showed in Pittsburgh he cannot be a number one wide receiver, so he should not be paid like one. While a number two receiver though, he caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018. He additionally had a solid rookie season as well. After 2018 though, Smith-Schuster failed to break 900 receiving yards in both 2019 and 2020.

If the Bears brought back Robinson and brought in Smith-Schuster, the Bears could contest for one of the best wide receiver cores in football with Mooney alongside them. He would be a great fit for the Bears in need of a slot.

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Other options:

  • Will Fuller
  • Curtis Samuel
  • Keelan Cole
  • Rashard Higgins
  • Josh Reynolds

All in all, this is a deep wide receiver free agent market and draft. The Bears need to address it this offseason heavily given how deep it is in both of these markets.