The Chicago Bears are entering the 2021 NFL season with a lot more excitement than they have had over the last couple of years. Gone are the days of wondering whether Mitchell Trubisky would finally turn things around. Trubisky left town this offseason in free agency to become the backup to Josh Allen for the Buffalo Bills. Bears fans aren’t exactly mourning his departure.
To replace Trubisky, the Bears originally went out in free agency and signed veteran quarterback Andy Dalton. Ryan Pace instantly named him the starter, but Chicago also brought in another quarterback. That quarterback was Ohio State star Justin Fields, whom the Bears traded up to snag with the No. 11 pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
At this point in time, the Bears are remaining steadfast in their plans to start Dalton at quarterback. However, teams do not trade up aggressively for a quarterback without planning to play him early in a career. It seems very likely that Fields could take over as the starter in Chicago at some point during the season.
Either way, the Bears have more work to get done. They could use another legitimate weapon for Dalton and Fields alongside star wide receiver Allen Robinson II. Right now, Chicago has Darnell Mooney and Anthony Miller as their No. 2 and No. 3 wideouts on the depth chart.
Should Pace and the Bears try to bring in another wide receiver, there is a very intriguing option available in free agency. Chicago could form a reunion with veteran wideout Alshon Jeffery, who was released earlier this offseason by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Over the last two years, Jeffery has struggled to stay healthy. His career has been derailed, but he still has a little bit of time to turn things around. Going back to Chicago where his career started could be a perfect move to give him a fresh start.
During the 2020 season with the Eagles, Jeffery played in only seven games, and they weren’t complete games. He caught six passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Back in 2019, he caught 43 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.
Jeffery would not be signed to become the savior of the offense. He would be signed to come in and compete for the No. 2 wideout role across from Robinson. If he can stay healthy, there is no question that he can still produce quality numbers.
In the limited action he has had over the last two years with the Eagles, Jeffery has shown the ability to make plays down the field and be a possession wideout. Chicago doesn’t need him to be a 1,000-yard receiver. All the Bears would need from Jeffery is a 50-60 reception season for 700 yards and a handful of touchdowns.
Simply giving Justin Fields or Andy Dalton a second legitimate big body would be a noticeable win for the Bears. The best part about potentially signing Jeffery would be that they would not have to break the bank for him.
Due to injury problems and a lack of big-time production, the Bears could likely get Alshon Jeffery for near the veteran minimum. A one-year deal for the 31-year-old wide receiver would be well worth the risk. If the move doesn’t work out, the Bears would simply cut ties with him and not offer a new deal following the 2021 season.
Matt Nagy and the offense need more weapons; that much has been obvious for the Bears over the past two years. Jeffery may not end up being the weapon that takes them to the next level, but it would be worth a shot. If he can stay healthy, it would not be shocking to see Jeffery become the needed threat producing the numbers we mentioned above.
Expect the Bears to continue to seek improvements for their roster ahead of training camp. This could be an option if they truly want to upgrade their offense and give their quarterback another weapon.