Chicago Bears Free Agency: Blueprint to the perfect 2023 offseason

Chicago Bears, Ryan Poles
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Chicago Bears, DeAndre Hopkins
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The Chicago Bears offense needs some help in the receiving game

If Keenan Allen is released by the Los Angeles Chargers in a move to try and save salary cap space, then he needs to be the top choice. Being able to add a player like Allen to the roster without trading any draft capital would be absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, it sounds like Los Angeles plans to keep Allen.

Michael Thomas could be another option the Chicago Bears look to add through free agency should he be released. Thomas seems to be in need of a change of scenery. He was an elite WR before recent injuries. In only three games last season, Thomas averaged over 50 yards per game and one touchdown per game (total of 3). He'd make for a great addition if he can stay healthy and shouldn't cost any draft capital.

The other option for the Chicago Bears would be to make a trade for a top-end WR. Tee Higgins is the one player that many Bears fans would love to see in Chicago. After hearing the Bengals' general manager, Duke Tobin say that he's not considering a Higgins trade because it doesn't make the team better, I think it's safe to assume Higgins isn't going anywhere. Other names thrown around as possible trade targets include Michael Pittman, Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Moore and others.

In this blueprint for Ryan Poles to have a perfect offseason, Poles trades away his second-round pick to the Cardinals for DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins has two years left on his deal and I'm not giving him a new contract even though reports are he wants one. He's scheduled to earn $19.4 million this year and $14.9 million next year. The Bears could give Justin Fields an elite WR1 when healthy. Hopkins would be a great stopgap at WR and then the hope is to find a way to land Marvin Harrison in the 2024 NFL Draft. Don't worry about that second-round pick. More to come in the next draft article.