5 mid-tier free agent receivers the Chicago Bears should sign

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The Chicago Bears should sign wide receiver James Washington

Four years ago, the Bears desperately needed to find a strong no. 2 option at receiver. One of the draft’s most intriguing prospects was none other than James Washington, coming out of Oklahoma State. Instead, the Bears traded up and drafted Anthony Miller. Obviously, Miller is no longer in Chicago and now the Bears have an opportunity to go get a guy many fans coveted during the pre-draft process.

Washington is 5-foot-11 and presents offenses with a nice deep threat who can make some of the most difficult catches you’ll ever see. That was one of the things which drew Bears fans to him coming out of Oklahoma State.

In Pittsburgh, Washington has struggled to break into a starting role over his four years, playing behind the likes of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and even Ray-Ray McCloud at times.

Washington’s best overall season came in his second year when he started 10 games and caught 44 passes for 735 yards and three touchdowns. That season, he averaged 16.7 yards per reception, which showed us exactly why he was so exciting coming out of college.

In Chicago, he’d have the potential to do what he does best because Fields loves throwing it deep.