Could Chicago Bears acquire this WR from Giants?

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Darius Slayton is an interesting fit for the Chicago Bears. Slayton has a lot of things in his profile that would attract him to the team. The first is his 1,830 yards through three seasons of his NFL career.

Slayton is just 24 years old and has two seasons with over 700 yards. Velus Jones is older than Slayton, so adding a younger player at a cheap cost would be extremely smart.

Beyond that, Slayton would be the second-youngest wideout on the roster behind only Darnell Mooney and would be the most productive wide receiver as well. You read that right.

He has about 150 more yards than Mooney. Of course, he played three seasons, while Mooney only played. Still, he is only eight months older than Mooney.

Beyond Mooney, Byron Pringle, Tajae Sharpe, and David Moore are the only other rostered wideouts to hit 1,000 yards, and they are four and three years older than Slayton.

Equanimous St. Brown is older and far less productive as well. With Slayton, you are talking about a lot of upside, or at least more than what is in the room.

Beyond that, there is the scheme fit. Slayton is a deep ball specialist and Justin Fields is best known for his deep ball. With Slayton and Mooney on the outside, it opens the slot for Byron Pringle and Velus Jones, two wideouts who can use the slot differently.

Of course, the best thing going for the Bears to adding Slayton is that the Giants may not be hard-pressed to keep him.

The team has Sterling Shephard, Kadarius Toney, and Kenny Golladay signed to the roster, and they just drafted WanDale Robinson. Slayton could be in contention for the number two wideout in Chicago but is likely being phased out as the number five in New York. The Giants have a new front office, and a new coach and will be moving on.

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Slayton had an awful 2021 season but his first two seasons were projecting him to be an NFL asset down the field. A disaster season for the Giants led to new staff and may help the Bears get a young wide receiver with legitimate NFL production for much cheaper than you would expect.