The Chicago Bears are going through a rebuild under new general manager Ryan Poles, which means the 2022 season likely won’t be a lot of fun for fans.
The good news, however, is that after the 2022 season, the Bears should have the financial freedom to make a run at some top free agents.
Until then, it’s going to be a lean operation in Chicago.
Poles basically had to hit reset on the roster this offseason. One tough season, though, should open the door to sustainable success for the Bears.
While all of that makes sense, the Bears still want to be competitive in 2022.
To do that, Poles needs to get quarterback Justin Fields some help. The Bears’ current wide receiver group isn’t very deep. Chicago needs to find a veteran free agent (or two) to add before training camp later this summer.
Pro Football Network’s Mike Kaye believes he has the answer. He recently named the best fits for the top remaining free agents and he thinks wide receiver Keelan Cole would fit in nicely with the Bears.
NFL Twitter is singlehandedly trying to will a playmaker to Chicago for second-year QB Justin Fields. With little to show in the wideout room, the Bears would be wise to go after a cost-effective option with upside. Cole is a deep threat who can make plays down the field for Fields.
Keelan Cole had an underwhelming season with the Jets last year, but he can still be an effective playmaker in the right offense. Fields needs help, and Cole can be a cheap asset for the young QB.
This wouldn’t be an exciting move, but it would be a smart and cheap move for Chicago.
Cole is a solid veteran wide receiver who has been in the NFL since 2017. He hasn’t put up eye-popping numbers (his best year was as a rookie when he caught 42 passes for 748 yards and three touchdowns), but it’s important to remember that his career has been spent with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. Those aren’t franchises known for churning out star wide receivers.
Fields could use a veteran like Cole who could be a dependable target in the passing game. The Bears also badly need the depth. Right now, it’s Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, and third-round draft pick Velus Jones Jr at the top of the depth chart. To say that Chicago needs more talent at the wide receiver position is an understatement.
I definitely expect Poles to sign another wide receiver at some point this offseason. Whether or not it’s Cole remains to be seen, but he certainly seems like a player who will be on Chicago’s wish list.
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