Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles has been busy with NFL free agency well underway. With the signings of receivers Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown, the Bears’ wide receiver personnel already looks drastically different than the previous regime. But, there are still plenty of options left at the position. The next wave of NFL free agency is about to begin and here are three wide receivers the Chicago Bears could go after.
Bears’ Free Agency Targets: Wide Receivers
Washington drafted wide receiver Jamison Crowder 105th overall in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft. In four years, Crowder caught 221 of his 329 targets for over 2,600 yards and 14 touchdowns. After his time ended in Washington, he joined the New York Jets and was arguably better in three years there.
He caught 188 of his 282 targets for nearly 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. According to Spotrac, his market value is around $12 million and he’s only 28 years old.
Marcus Kemp is the least recognizable wide receiver on this list, but his availability makes sense. Since the Bears lost return specialist Jakeem Grant, they could use some dual-position depth. Last week, JuJu Smith-Schuster joined the Kansas City Chiefs and their receiving corps is crowded.
Marcus Kemp is a depth player who spent the majority of his time on the Chiefs’ special-teams unit. But if given the chance, he could step up as a fill-in role for the Bears’ offense. He’s 6-foot-4, weighing over 200 lbs, and is 26 years old. In four years at the University of Hawaii, he recorded over 2,500 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2021, Kemp made a base salary of $850,000, so his presence will come at a cheap price.
The Tennessee Titans drafted Tajae Sharpe 140th overall in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft. He spent four seasons in Tennessee and caught 92 balls for eight touchdowns. But, he missed the 2017 season due to injury and then he left for the Minnesota Vikings in 2020.
He only played four games there and spent the 2021 season in Atlanta. He’s 27 years old and could use a change of scenery with a first-time regime in Chicago. His base salary in 2021 was $990,000, so he could be another viable but inexpensive option.
The Bears could find at least one more wide receiver in NFL free agency before the window closes. With the NFL Draft about a month away, the last wave of free agency will determine what the Bears do come April.
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