It is still unclear if Alshon Jeffery will be back in a Bears uniform. The Bears passed on putting the franchise tag on him for a second season in a row and letting him test the open market.
No matter if Jeffery leaves or ends up coming back, the Bears need more depth at the WR position. Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson are not expected to be back on the roster next season. With those two off the books and say Jeffery is not back in a Bears uniform, the depth chart would consist of Kevin White, Cameron Meredith, Deonte Thompson, Rueben Randle, Daniel Braverman, and Josh Bellamy. That is not a strong group of guys. While the Bears have other needs to address first like CB,S,QB, and RT, WR should be in the back of Pace’s mind. And free agent Torrey Smith would be a great place to start.
Torrey Smith will be entering his 7th season in the NFL. Smith, 28, played in Baltimore from 2011-2014 and put up solid numbers. In his last season with the Ravens, the Maryland product caught 49 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns. His numbers were not good at all in SF due to the fact they were last in the league in passing yards per game last season. Also, the QB play was been below average, not allowing Smith to be a play maker like he was in Baltimore.
Smith is explosive off the line and is a deep ball threat. Another positive with Smith is he has stayed healthy over his career. He appeared in all 64 games in four seasons with the Ravens and all 16 games with the 49ers in 2015. In 2016, Smith suffered a concussion and missed that last four games of the season. But that has been the only major injury of his NFL career.
So, let’s take a look at the tape and see why Smith would be a good addition to the wide receiver depth chart in Chicago.
Smith showcases his speed off the line of scrimmage, allowing him to separate from the CB.
Smith speed also allows for him to have big gains after the catch.
Smith is also a deep ball threat. His speed, especially on the go route, can be hard to cover for opposing defenses.
Smith would be a good fit in Chicago. He has the speed and is a deep ball threat. And, he will not be that expensive either. Last season he earned 4.5 million in base salary with 500,000 workout bonus and a 1,000,000 roster bonus. With the low quality of depth at receiver, Smith makes a lot of sense to bolster that part of the roster.