We haven’t seen the Chicago Bears in the playoffs since 2010. So what can the team do to change that this offseason? Here are a few free-agent possibilities.
Was it really that long ago that the Chicago Bears were hosting a conference championship contest? Indeed it has. And since coming up short against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field in the 2010 NFC title game, this franchise has yet to get back to the playoffs.
After three seasons on the job and three last-place finishes, head coach John Fox was given the pink slip and general manager Ryan Pace hired Matt Nagy – late of the Kansas City Chiefs. The club will also have a new offensive coordinator in Mark Helfrich. A real plus is the fact that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is back to coach the NFL’s 10th-ranked unit of 2017.
All told, this is a team that has a lot of work to do to climb out of the NFC North basement. The Bears do have some ample cap room (via Spotrac) and Pace has never been shy about being aggressive when it comes to the free agency. So what five players could the organization target this spring?
5. WR Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
Let’s just start with this factoid. The longest pass play by the Chicago Bears this past season was 70 yards. And it came courtesy of rookie running back Tarik Cohen, the second of the team’s fourth-round draft choices last April. Last offseason, there was the departure of talented wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and the year prior to that, Brandon Marshall was off to the New York Jets.
In 2015, general manager Ryan Pace used the seventh overall pick to grab University of West Virginia speedster Kevin White. But three seasons and various injuries have added up to five games, 21 catches and 193 yards without a touchdown.
So why not bring in a veteran who has proven he can stretch the field? Over the past two seasons, rejuvenated Mike Wallace totaled a combined 124 receptions for 1,765 yards (14.2 average) and eight scores with the Baltimore Ravens. He could certainly make life easier for the rest of his fellow wide receivers, as well as the Bears’ young signal-caller.