The Chicago Bears are going to need production from unreliable players to contend in 2017. The group of wide receivers the Bears have assembled are interesting, to say the least. If everyone can stay healthy, they will be productive, but their track record indicates that will not happen.
Losing a superstar wide receiver like Alshon Jeffery is not easy to recover from, but thanks to a recent surprising move in the NFL, the Bears could take a big step towards replacing his production.
On Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin.
This move was a surprising one, to say the least. Andy Reid worked with Maclin in both Philadelphia and Kansas City.
In two seasons with the Chiefs, Maclin played 27 games, caught 131 balls for 1,624 yards and 10 touchdowns. The production was always there. The reason he was cut was most likely because of the five-year, $55 million contract he signed in 2015. The Chiefs needed money to sign their draft picks and with the emergence of Tyreek Hill, they believed Maclin was the most expendable player on their roster.
Maclin would be a great addition to any team, including the Bears. Depth is something good teams in the NFL have. There is no other way around it. Football is a brutal sport, injuries occur frequently. The Bears should understand that better than anyone after last season.
Ryan Pace should be eager to accumulate as much talent as he possibly can for Dowell Loggains and Mike Glennon. Bringing in Maclin would do just that. He’s a player that fits in well with what the Bears are trying to do.
He is a leader both on and off the field and has a history of working well with young quarterbacks. When he was with the Eagles, Nick Foles was drafted and developed. Foles was was impressive during his time as the starting quarterback of the Eagles. Maclin and the other receivers deserve some credit for his smooth and successful development. Maclin would be in a similar situation with the Bears and Trubisky.
The Bears missed on some big name free agents this offseason. To Ryan Pace’s credit, he has made up for it by making a ton of other, smaller moves. Still, the team is always looking for more playmakers and Maclin can be that type of player.
At the very least, Pace and his staff need to do their homework on the former first-round draft pick.
Clearly, I’m not the only one who believes Maclin would be a great fit in Chicago.