The Chicago Bears are in the market for a wide receiver. Alshon Jeffery may have played his last game in Chicago this past season, and the team will be looking to add depth around Kevin White and Cameron Meredith this offseason. There have been positive discussions on a possible return to the Bears, but anything can happen in free agency.
Bears General Manager Ryan Pace has some intriguing options at wide receiver, including Andre Holmes of the Oakland Raiders. On Tuesday morning, they were linked to former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and kick return man Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Bears return game has been virtually non-existent since Devin Hester left after the 2013 season. Adding Patterson would instantly improve the Bears special teams, which is a unit that needs to play better football in 2017.
Patterson, 25, was a first round draft selection by the Vikings in 2013. He hasn’t been the elite wide receiver the Vikings saw him as but he has consistently been one of the best return men in all of the NFL.
Last season, Patterson caught a career-high 52 balls to go along with 453 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Again, Patterson has been somewhat of a disappointment since his rookie season in terms of his receiving production, but he is still young, with a ton of athleticism.
The Bears need to find as much talent and athleticism as they can. Patterson has time and the talent to improve as a wide receiver. He is also very dangerous in the return game.
Signing Patterson would be a very underrated move for Ryan Pace. However, the Bears cannot believe they can replace a wide receiver of Alshon Jeffery‘s caliber with Patterson, Kevin White, and Cameron Meredith.