3 reasons the Chicago Bears should sign Mike Evans in free agency

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1. Mike Evans has something the Bears receiving core lacks...size

Do you remember that graphic circulating around Twitter last offseason about how fast all of the Bears' offensive pieces were and how they were supposed to be the second coming of the Greatest Show on Turf? Yeah, I'd say that aged well. All it took was a Darnell Mooney disappearance, a Chase Claypool catastrophe, and a Tyler Scott tragedy to show just how glaring of a need the Bears have at the receiver position.

Speed can kill opposing defenses, but a lack of size at the position can have a similar impact on offensive game plans. Chase Claypool was supposed to be Chicago's big-bodied pass-catcher last season. Unfortunately, he's an idiot, and the Bears shipped him off to Miami for pennies on the dollar less than a month into the season.

Once Claypool got dealt, the Bears' only other receiver over 6' was Equanimeous St. Brown, and he finished the season with a whopping six targets. Their lack of height was especially evident near the goal line, as D.J. Moore was Chicago's only wide receiver who caught a touchdown after Week Two.

At six-foot-five and 231 pounds, Mike Evans has been the league's premier big-body pass-catcher over the past decade. He has shown a knack for boxing out defenders with his giant frame and is still one of the best jump ball receivers in the NFL. Likewise, he has also been a force in the touchdown department, as he has reached the end zone at least 12 times on five separate occasions.

Shane Waldron was the benefactor of one of the league's best receiver duos in the massive D.K. Metcalf and ultra-quick Tyler Lockett in Seattle. A combination of Mike Evans and D.J. Moore would not only recreate that pairing.. it could potentially put them to shame (Moore is significantly more explosive than Lockett at this point in his career).