The Chicago Bears may not be done adding to their depth at wide receiver.
The Bears have been criticized throughout the 2022 offseason for the lack of offensive pieces acquired to surround Justin Fields. As the Bears begin to start rebuilding the roster in the image of Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus, putting Fields in a position to succeed is undoubtedly the number one priority.
So far, the Bears have signed veteran receivers Equanimeous St. Brown and Byron Pringle to free agent contracts, selected rookie Velus Jones in the 2022 draft, and even made a trade with the New England Patriots for former first-round pick N’Keal Harry.
These are solid moves that will compliment Darnell Mooney well, but there’s no hiding the fact that Chicago could use a little help in the wide receiver room. They’ve been ranked the worst offense in the NFL by some publications for 2022, and the pass catchers are a big reason why.
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According to Bleacher Report, the Bears may have another opportunity to grab a wide receiver on the trade market for a minimal cost.
Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox wrote a recent article detailing ‘NFL trades that just make sense entering the 2022 season’ in which he predicted the Bears to land New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton.
Darius Slayton to the Chicago Bears
Bears Get: WR Darius Slayton
Giants Get: 2023 seventh-round pick
It would behoove the Bears to add another veteran pass-catcher before the offseason concludes. New York Giants wideout Darius Slayton could be the perfect candidate.
The fourth-year pro is slated to carry a cap hit of $2.5 million in 2022, with only $58,497 of that guaranteed. With Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard and rookie Wan’Dale Robinson on the roster, Slayton is in real danger of being a cap casualty. The Giants, though, should be eager to get something in return first.
And Chicago would be a terrific landing spot. Slayton, who had 1,491 yards and 11 touchdowns over his first two seasons, would give Fields another quality target. He would also reunite with Bears receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, who held the same position in New York during Slayton’s first three seasons.
Slayton’s name has been linked to the Bears for most of this offseason.
After starting his career with two solid seasons (each over 700 yards receiving), Slayton seemed like he would be a staple of the Giants offense for years to come. But after a disappointing 2021 season, Slayton now finds himself sliding down the depth chart and in a position battle to make the Giants roster.
As mentioned by Knox in the article, Slayton’s contract containing very little guaranteed money, combined with his poor standing on the depth chart, makes him a likely candidate to be cut during training camp.
If you’re the Giants, you may as well get something for him.
As for Chicago, Slayton’s upside is obvious, and adding another veteran to the offense adds leadership, dependability, and depth to a unit that is essential in Fields’ development. The Tyke Tolbert connection doesn’t hurt, either.
It may not be the glamorous WR addition Bears fans have dreamed of, but Knox is at least correct in his assessment that it makes sense. For a low-risk price of a seventh round pick, it’s hard to see the downside in this one.
Ryan Poles needs to make the call.
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