These Chicago Bears players should've been the Madden 25 cover athlete

Christian McCaffrey was selected, but were there better options from the Chicago Bears?
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The Madden 25 cover athlete was revealed on Tuesday, and while Christian McCaffrey was worthy of the nod from EA Sports, there were players on the Chicago Bears who deserved it more than him.

Chicago Bears players who deserved Madden 25 cover nomination

When looking at the Chicago Bears' roster, a handful of players would've likely marketed the game better than McCaffrey, as that's the main objective of being on the Madden cover.

Now, it's hard to say McCaffrey didn't deserve it, considering he was the 2023 Offensive Player of the Year. However, Madden covers are essentially a marketing tool by Electronic Arts to get people to buy the game. Is Christian McCaffrey the most marketable player in the NFL right now?

There hasn't been a running back on a Madden cover since "Madden 25" aka Madden 14. So, maybe McCaffrey should be in the actual version of Madden 25, as Madden 14 was notated as "25" to show recognition of 25 years since the first Madden game: John Madden Football (1988).

So, the big question: Who from the Chicago Bears deserved the honor of being named the cover athlete for Madden 25? Great question.

1. D.J. Moore

Chicago Bears, D.J. Moore
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Following the best season in his career with questionable quarterback play, D.J. Moore was one of the most electric players on the Chicago Bears last season. With him being a part of one of the more exciting teams this season, Moore would've been a strong candidate to help sell copies of Madden 25.

2. Jaylon Johnson

Chicago Bears, Jaylon Johnson
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As one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, Jaylon Johnson received a massive payday from Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears. Adding Madden cover athlete to his resume would give him the recognition he deserves.

3. Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze

Chicago Bears, Rome Odunze, Caleb Williams
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Being drafted with the No. 1 and No. 9 pick in this most recent NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears made one of the biggest splashes, selecting two of the top offensive rookies in the 2024 NFL Draft. Williams was the most highly touted prospect in this class, as Odunze was considered a consensus top-three receiver in the class. These two would've made a dynamic Madden 25 cover, and the sales made off this duo alone would justify two rookies being on the cover.

Considering the hype around the Chicago Bears, including being selected for this season's Hard Knocks and Caleb Williams featuring in NFL promotions before the season, fans are excited for this team heading into the season.

With cover athletes being a marketing tool to sell copies of a game that people will likely already buy, having cover athletes with a nationwide fanbase like the Chicago Bears, EA Sports could see those sales rise.

And if they were to include Bears players, the ones mentioned above would've been the perfect choices to be on the cover of Madden 25.