5 players the Bears can sign with free cap space NFL just gave them

The league gifted NFL teams even more financial freedom than anticipated.

Chicago Bears, Curtis Samuel
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3. Curtis Samuel, WR

Projected market value: $11.5 million annually

Let's first assume that the Bears do not re-sign Darnell Mooney. If that ends up being the case, then the wide receiver room is D.J. Moore and a whole lot of unproven talent. You'd have second-year pro Tyler Scott as the next man up, with Velus Jones Jr. in the mix as well. Equanimeous St. Brown is a free agent, so he might not be back either.

The Bears need a strong no. 2 wide receiver. Odds are, they'll find it in the draft. But, Curtis Samuel would be a fun weapon to add to this offense. His ability to gain yards after the catch is one of his strengths, like Moore. He isn't a true outside presence, and the Bears would still need to go find someone to man that role.

But, Samuel's ability to make plays with the ball in his hands is what makes him so good. The man has seven career rushing touchdowns while also averaging 9.4 yards per touch between rushing and receiving. In a league that's becoming more and more creative, Samuel is a valuable weapon to be had in this year's free agent crop.

Samuel would make sense for the Bears and he also comes in right within that range of money that the league gave in addition.