Chicago Bears: Could new rumors make a Julio Jones trade possible?
The Chicago Bears wide receiver room is not the worst in the league. Having Allen Robinson alone makes that group better than many other teams’ wide receiver corps around the league. Add in the emergence of 2020 rookie Darnell Mooney and you have what looks to be a solid 1-2 punch. Even with this group, adding a player like Julio Jones would instantly make it top-notch.
Before we get into Julio Jones, let’s take a full look at the wide receivers on the Chicago Bears roster. As I said, Allen Robinson makes any wide receiver group a good one. He has proven himself to be a top-10 wide receiver in the NFL over the last few years. Unfortunately, there is a standoff between him and the front office right now. All signs indicate that he will play on his franchise tag, but will the Chicago Bears extend him beyond 2021? Will Robinson even accept a new deal now?
With Robinson possibly on the outs after this year, the Bears’ offense could be without a true WR1 come 2022. The team doesn’t have a first-round pick in 2022 either, so landing a WR1 in the draft is not likely possible either.
When it comes to Darnell Mooney, can he develop into a true WR1? He does not fit the prototypical mold of a go-to wide receiver, but could he fall into more of a Steve Smith or Tyreek Hill mold? Guys who are not big-bodied, go up and get it type of receivers. It’s possible, but let’s wait and see how he performs in his sophomore season before we count on that happening.
After Robinson and Mooney, the team has Anthony Miller and newcomers Marquise Wilson and Damiere Byrd. The group also includes underperformers Riley Ridley and Javon Wims and now rookie Dazz Newsome. Again, not an awful group, but adding a guy like Julio Jones makes this offense instantly better. The question is, can it be done?