Chicago Bears are predicted to sign these three free agents

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The Chicago Bears look to replace Allen Robinson with Keelan Cole

It appears that Spotrac thinks the Chicago Bears and the Jaguars are going to swap wide receivers this offseason. Hopefully, if this comes true at least the Bears did a “tag-and-trade” to acquire some draft capital for Robinson’s services. If not, then the Bears would clearly lose this swap.

I am not opposed to signing the likes of Keelan Cole. I like him as a player and he’s better than many give him credit for, but he’s not and never will be Allen Robinson. What might surprise some people here is that Robinson is actually slightly younger (both 27 years-old) than Cole, but has been in the league for three fewer years. Cole was an undrafted free agent who has earned some street cred, but he again will not amount to becoming Robinson and that’s okay.

Cole actually has a better career catch rate than Robinson, but do not confuse this with being better. His drop percentage is worse and he averages nearly 30 fewer yards per game. I find Cole to be WR2 at best. He is not one to bring in the contested-type catches like Robinson but does offer a bit more in regards to yards-after-the catch (YAC). He might even be a better fit for what Matt Nagy likes to do offensively (attempting to mimic the Chief’s offensive playstyle).

Spotrac is predicting that Cole will sign a two-year, $12 million dollar contract. I do not hate that contract but would prefer that the Chicago Bears land a player like him, cut Anthony Miller and then find a way to retain Allen Robinson too. Not likely to happen, but that would make a better wide receiver corps. than Cole, Miller and Darnell Mooney.