The Chicago Bears are trying to accomplish two things in 2022 that are in direct conflict with each other.
Chicago is hoping to reset the roster to put the franchise in a better position to win in the future. They also want to see quarterback Justin Fields take a massive step forward this season.
As a result of the “budget cuts” this season, Fields doesn’t have many offensive weapons at his disposal.
The Bears’ top three wide receivers right now are Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, and rookie Velus Jones Jr. Chicago also recently added N’Keal Harry to the roster.
Mooney is by far the best of the bunch. And he’s really the only one of those wide receivers the Bears can truly count on in 2022.
Chicago would be wise to add some more talent to their wide receiver room. And there’s a free agent available that makes perfect sense for the Bears.
Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Hilton, a four-time Pro-Bowler who is 32 years old, has battled injuries throughout his career. But he’s a tough player who does everything he can to stay on the field.
While Hilton’s best days are definitely behind him, he can still be a decent vertical threat for an NFL team.
The reason this should be an obvious signing for the Bears is the connection between Hilton and Chicago head coach Matt Eberflus.
Hilton and Eberflus overlapped together with the Colts from 2018 to 2021. While they were on opposite sides of the ball in Indy, there’s undoubtedly some strong familiarity between the two.
Chicago needs to add another weapon for Fields that won’t be expensive. Hilton has injury concerns, but he’s still a quality wide receiver who would bring professionalism and maturity to the Colts’ locker room. Even if he doesn’t light up the stat sheet, he could be a vital part of Fields’ development.
There’s no downside to making this move — especially if it’s a one-year deal. The Bears would be wise to strongly consider pursuing Hilton.
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