The Chicago Bears are going to let a lot of their depth free agents walk away this offseason. Most of them did not hit or will be looking for more playing time somewhere else. One name that will be interesting is Equaimeous St. Brown.
Could the Chicago Bears re-sign Equanimeous St. Brown this offseason in free agency?
First, the thought is that he will walk in free agency. The Bears signed him mostly because he was familiar with the Luke Getsy offense due to the time they spent together with the Green Bay Packers. Guys such as Robert Tonyan, Lucas Patrick, and Marcedes Lewis who were here for the same reasons are going to be gone as well.
However, there is a reason to think that St. Brown is the most likely to return to the group. First, while he was not a major producer, 2022 was one of the best statistical seasons of his career. His playing time in the past two years was more than the four years prior combined. The Bears will add at wide receiver, but they can only add so much. St. Brown is a blocker who does the dirty work that many receivers won’t, and now that he knows the Matt Eberflus culture, he is not a bad player to have on the team.
Of course, he also has special team value. When you look at the Bears wide receiver depth chart you see D.J. Moore, Tyler Scott, and Velus Jones. Just last year the team trusted St. Brown over Scott and Jones, so he would be the second most trusted receiver. Even if they add three bigger names in free agency, he would compete for fifth or sixth, which is a roster spot and probably where he should have been his entire time with the Bears.