5 Bears playing for their jobs in Week 18

Will these guys be around as things continue to trend positively in 2024?

Chicago Bears, Justin Fields
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2. Darnell Mooney, WR

He's the forgotten man. Darnell Mooney has had the most forgettable season of his career, thus far, and the timing could not be worse for the young receiver who is about to enter free agency for the first time.

Mooney has looked visibly frustrated at times with his role diminishing over the season, and justifably so. He has had great rapport with Justin Fields since Day 1. The two of them formed a bond and enjoyed tight chemistry from the beginning. It was always evident.

Since the arrival of D.J. Moore and the breakout of Cole Kmet, though, Mooney has seen his usage go way down. Now, that hasn't necessarily been due to anything Mooney has done or not done. It's just how the evoluation of this offense has progressed.

But, Mooney's free agent market might not be as strong as he'd like based on this year alone. It will take a strong, final showing against the Packers for him to not only make a case to Chicago that he deserves to stick around as things only get better, but also to make a case to the rest of the league and prospective teams.