The Bears still have a lot of holes on the roster, and wide receiver is one of them.
Ryan Pace has made a valiant effort in upgrading the position this offseaoson, signing Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, and recently Victor Cruz.
Jeremy Maclin, 29, would not be a bad move by Pace. The Bears currently have 11 WRs on the roster. The Bears are welcoming competition and adding one more to the mix, a successful veteran, only makes the situation better.
Last season, Maclin appeared in 12 games, catching 44 passes for 536 yards and two scores. Not his best seaso but the former Eagle was battling a groin injury. All indications point to Maclin being healthy now, which makes the case for the Bears to give him a look.
A reason this move would make a lot of sense is that the Bears wide receivers have a lot of question marks. Kevin White has only played in four games in two years in Chicago. Cameron Meredith had a breakout 2016 season but still has holes in his game. Can Wright stay healthy? All players have question marks going into every season, but the Bears are coming off a 3-13 season. They need all the help they can get.
Maclin had a lot of money left on his deal in KC. He is going to want a sufficiant amount of money. Pace has talked about “putting his value on players” and signing guys to one-year “prove it” deals. Will Maclin want that or does he want stability? Last time I saw, the Bears have have over $26 million in cap space. The money is there. It is just a matter if the Bears will want to agree with Maclin’s expected high price tag.
I’m all for the Bears bringing on another wide receiver. Competition is great for a team and it brings out the best in players. Pace could continue to build his resume by adding another former pro bowler to the mix. And for a rebuilding team like the Bears, the more players you have the chance to look at in camp, the better the roster will be.