Top Free Agent Wide Receivers the Bears Can Sign to Boost Caleb's Performance

V. Carbonneau
June 11, 2024  (0:41)

Caleb Williams
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As the saying goes, you can never have too much of a good thing. This seems especially true for the 2024 Chicago Bears, who are assembling one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL.

Under the direction of GM Ryan Poles, the Bears traded for DJ Moore, and later added Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze to their roster. This forward-thinking approach highlights the timeless wisdom of the aforementioned expression.
Even with a deep wide receiver room, it's prudent to consider additional options. Injuries or declines in performance could happen—DJ Moore might get hurt, Rome Odunze might underperform, or Keenan Allen might start showing his age after a decade in the league. Having a solid backup plan is always smart. Here are the best available free agent wide receivers the Bears could sign to bolster Caleb Williams' arsenal.
1. Michael Thomas
It's surprising to see Michael Thomas as a bargain pickup, given his dominance a few years ago. The former Saints star is still available due to his limited play over the last four years—he's appeared in only 20 games since his 150-catch, 1,700-yard season in 2019. Thomas hasn't exceeded 450 receiving yards in any season since, and after starting his career with at least 9 touchdowns in three of his first four seasons, he's only managed four in the last few years. Despite these concerns, Thomas could be a valuable addition to the Bears, especially if he's not expected to be a top option. If he has a few good seasons left, Chicago could be the perfect place for him to shine again.
2. Hunter Renfrow
Hunter Renfrow stands out as one of the few remaining free agent wide receivers likely to make a significant impact. He had a 1,000-yard season just two years ago, and many players struggled under Josh McDaniels' tenure. Renfrow offers a unique skill set compared to the Bears' current receivers. As a primary slot receiver, he could provide valuable backup YAC (yards after catch) support behind Moore, creating opportunities for Odunze and Allen downfield. Renfrow's consistent stats in areas like YAC per reception, broken tackles, and drop percentage make him a smart addition. Plus, local fans would have fun trying to pronounce his name.
3. Julio Jones
Signing Julio Jones might not make the most practical sense, but it certainly would be exciting. Jones, once a dominant force, hasn't been in top form for several years. However, bringing in a veteran like Jones could energize the team and fans alike. Picture a scenario where Jones has one last standout game—perhaps a November matchup against a struggling team where he goes off for seven catches, 135 yards, and two touchdowns. This hypothetical "Julio Jones Bears game" would be memorable, regardless of the game's outcome. For a veteran's minimum contract, it's worth the gamble.
In conclusion, while the Bears already boast a strong wide receiver group, adding depth and experience could only help. These free agents could provide valuable support and ensure the team remains competitive throughout the season.
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