Of the names remaining on the free agent market, Odell Beckham Jr. is one the most notable. The former first-round pick is fresh off a Super Bowl victory with the Los Angeles Rams. Unfortunately, he was not able to finish the game on the field, tearing his ACL in the first half. There are several wide receiver needy teams scattered across the league. One team that could use multiple offensive weapons is the Chicago Bears.
Sporting News’ Kevin Skiver pointed to the Bears as a potential landing spot for OBJ, writing:
“As Robinson’s former team, the Bears now have a hole at wide receiver for Justin Fields. They have the money to sign Beckham for the right price, but offensive line has to be a priority for Chicago. With that being said, giving Fields a veteran, talented weapon to throw to alongside Darnell Mooney and newcomer Byron Pringle should be high priority for Ryan Poles amid the Chicago rebuild.”Sportingnews.com
Despite having a glaring hole at the wide receiver position, the Bear have been reluctant to pay spend big money at the position. They allowed Allen Robinson to walk and the only wideout they brought in via free agency, Byron Pringle, signed a one-year deal worth up to $6 million.
With Justin Field preparing to enter his first season as the unquestioned starter for Chicago, it would behoove the organization to give him the weapons required for his development. Field clearly has talent, showcasing his playmaking ability in spurts during his rookie campaign. But a lack of true weapons and an offensive identity really held the Ohio State product back from reaching his full potential in year one.
OBJ is a proven wideout who now has playoff pedigree. Adding him to a wide receiver room that lacks any true talent outside of Darnell Mooney is a no brainer. Bringing in a veteran talent like OBJ would not only allow Fields to stretch the field more with his cannon arm, it would allow players like Mooney to operate more freely. In short, OBJ would enhance the Bears entire offense.
If Odell Beckham Jr. can be had for relatively cheap, the Bears should be first in line for his services.