10 Free Agent WRs with connections to Chicago Bears
1. Willie Snead
The connection to the head coach is huge, but Ryan Pace has the ultimate say. It is not the strongest connection in the world, but we know that Ryan Pace likes his former Saints. Beyond that Willie Snead is a great fit in Chicago due to his slot ability. He would step in as a less explosive, but much more reliable and mature player than Anthony Miller.
His ability to run routes at the right pace and timing would make it an automatic upgrade. He obviously would not break the bank either at his age.
Of course, the only connection is that in 2014, Ryan Pace was director of player personnel. Willie Snead was a UDFA who bounced around but found a home in New Orleans in 2014. This is not to say that Pace scouted him, but we do know that Pace has had some hits in the UDFA realm. Also, as the player personnel director, he had some say in whether Snead stuck on the roster as a rookie UDFA, and he did.
I do not know if the two even know each other that well. However, as a UDFA Snead got his first chance when Pace was in the building with a big title. Pace was in the building when Snead went from UDFA to a tenured NFL veteran. Perhaps, Snead and Pace do have a relationship and gratitude for eachother. As a cheap upgrade from Miller, he would be perfect for the Chicago Bears.