The Bears have answered some of their needs this offseason, most noticeably making improvements on the offensive line and quarterback . They have also added some depth to the safety position, which obviously still needs to be addressed, but should keep them from searching for starters in former players late in the season. One important thing that hasn’t been solved is the problem at WR.
A look at the roster will reveal a group deprived of talent, depth, and experience. Hester has shown improvement but the need for someone else is glaring. Some may feel that Bennett will show improvement just from the addition of Cutler, who was a college teammate. However, that is just a speculation that shouldn’t be gambled on with his inability to even access playing time until late in the season where he had hardly noticeable minutes.
The quest for a FA WR has turned up fruitless so far this offseason. What talent was available was over priced and went to other teams. The comments that former Bear Muhsin Muhammad made in saying , “Chicago is where receivers go to die.”, likely hasn’t helped attracting anyone either.
A note worthy idea may be for the Bears to go after Ocho Cinco in a trade with the Bengals. His stock has fallen since last season when they turned down a 1st round pick, with some rumors having him going for a second round pick. Although his numbers were at a career low last season, he didn’t have the luxury of their starting QB, (Palmer), who only played four games last year.
If you are okay with the logic that two first round picks wouldn’t have produced anything talent wise, then you have to be in on this. I say, just for kicks, throw in Rasheed Davis as part of the deal. With Ocho on the team, the Bears could go after Aaron Kelly or Ramsy Barden in later rounds to add to the depth.
Currently the Bears appear to be set on the idea of using the draft to fill the roster. As reported by the Tribune, “Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake put Oklahoma’s Juaquin Iglesias through a private workout Tuesday in Iglesias’ hometown of Killeen, Texas, and Drake will do the same with Georgia’s Mohamed Massaquoi today in Athens, Ga. They’re two of the players the team is targeting with its first pick — now in the second round at No. 49 overall after the Cutler deal.”
Although both receivers have skills that would be an asset, they have too many questions and problems to be a good second round pick. Unless someone like Britt fell down to the Bears, I would rather they used the pick for another need that they could get a starter for, rather than a gamble WR that, at best, may be a #3 receiver.