The Chicago Bears received some potentially bad news on Sunday.
Wide receiver N’Keal Harry, one of the Bears’ free agent additions this offseason, possibly suffered a bad ankle injury during practice.
The Bears’ wide receiver depth was already lacking. But with Harry potentially sidelined, there’s no doubt that Chicago needs to add another wide receiver.
Fortunately for the Bears, there’s a free agent option available that makes a lot of sense for the team.
Former first-round draft pick John Ross is looking for a team this fall. And the expectation is that he’ll sign somewhere before the first week of the season.
Ross is a speedy wide receiver who has had trouble staying healthy since being selected with the No. 9 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017.
While I wouldn’t expect Ross to suddenly turn into a superstar at this point in his career, he could still give Chicago some much-needed depth. He could also help bring another element to the offense with the way he stretches the field vertically.
Ross has a connection to the Bears as well, which is another reason why this would make sense.
Chicago wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert was the wide receivers coach for the New York Giants from 2018 to 2021. Ross played 10 games for the Giants last season.
Tolbert talked about Ross’ speed last year, saying “he’s fast when he’s not trying to be fast”.
The Bears need another wide receiver and elite speed is hard to find. Signing Ross wouldn’t require much of an investment, but the payoff could be worth it.
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