Analyzing the financial impact of the Chicago Bears draft class

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Chicago Bears, Velus Jones Jr.
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The Chicago Bears have plenty of spending to add to the wide receiver room

Let’s take a quick look at the position that most Chicago Bears fans are up in arms about — the wide receiver position. I’ll admit, I’m not thrilled with the current wide receiver room. I would have loved to see the team land a guy like JuJu Smith-Schuster. That said, it doesn’t appear that Luke Getsy is concerned with having a true “X” receiver on this team. Here’s who is currently on the roster and the projected position they are to play.

Darnell Mooney is the clear favorite to be the top option in this offense. As of right now, he is the only wide receiver who has a shot at being the WR1 on this team. He is also the second-highest paid receiver on this team. Byron Pringle holds the top spot in the salary department. In order, here is how I envision each wide receiver to contribute statistically.

  • Darnell Mooney – Z receiver
  • Byron Pringle – Slot receiver / X receiver
  • Velus Jones, Jr. – Slot receiver
  • David Moore – Slot receiver
  • Dazz Newsome – Slot receiver
  • Equanimeous St. Brown – X receiver

As you can see, the top five wide receivers on this team (in my opinion) are all very similar. It will be interesting to see how Luke Getsy uses this group of players. None of them are really true X receivers.

The team has a bunch of other receivers they added as undrafted free agents. What we are looking at here though is the financial situation. Darnell Mooney is another player likely to see a bigger contract within two years. Right now though, the team has less than $15 million dollars locked up in the position. Adding these UDFAs and Velus Jones will give the team plenty of flexibility to extend Darnell Mooney and target a high-profile wide receiver in free agency or through a trade.