The start of the 2018 NFL season is officially underway, March 14th at 4:00 p.m. eastern time. The Chicago Bears have definitely been active already this off-season releasing veterans such as Pernell McPhee and Mike Glennon. Now, after clearing some space, it’s time for them to spend and spend big!! The 2017 Eagles had brought in key components to their roster in free agency, who played pivotal roles down the stretch such as players, Alshon Jeffery, LeGarrette Blount and Torrey Smith. Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, should lay a path for the other former Chiefs offensive coordinator, Matt Nagy. Showing that you can upgrade your team extensively through free agency. I highlight one player the Bears should go all in after and one player that they should avoid.
Player to Chase:
Allen Robinson. Yeah yeah, I know he is coming off a 2016 year of posting average numbers. And, yes he is coming off a 2017 year of a torn ACL, but he is the best wide receiver available in free agency and the draft. At 6’3″ 211 pounds, he is a dominate receiver who can play anywhere a team needs him. He reminds me of Brandon Marshall, who I believe is the most underrated receiver in NFL history. Robinson can go deep, run intermediate routes and can run any route over the middle. His ability to go get the jump balls is a lost cause in the city of Chicago since both Marshall and Jeffery left. To help the development of Trubisky, our wide receiver core could use all of the help it needs. Allen Robinson would be a true #1, that the Bears could pay big money for. As a fan, Allen Robinson would be my #1 target in free agency, a player I’d break the bank for.
Player to Avoid:
Muhammad Wilkerson. The former New York Jet and 2015 NFL pro bowler would certainly fill a need for the Bears, but he does have immense problems and baggage that come with his potential. With attitude problems that may have hindered his play he hasn’t performed well since his pro bowl year. After only having 4.5 and 3.5 sacks in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the Jets decided to part ways. On losing teams, he hasn’t performed well and not to discredit Wilkerson but I am not sure the Bears are in a place to handle a player with attitude problems such as Wilkerson. There is no doubt in my mind, Wilkerson can play if surrounded by the right coaching staff and teammates but in Chicago, Nagy is trying to set a culture, and I do not believe Wilkerson would be a step in the right direction.
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