There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Chicago Bears. While we are going to have to wait a little while to see him take the field, they have a new quarterback of the future in Justin Fields. The Ohio State product was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Bears after they traded up with the New York Giants to select him. However, the Bears could use another weapon for him and Odell Beckham Jr. could be an intriguing target.
It was not cheap to move up for Fields, as the Bears traded the No. 20 overall pick, No. 164 overall, a 2022 first-round pick, and 2022 fourth-round pick to move up nine spots and nab Fields.
While Andy Dalton will be starting for the Bears in Week 1 this season, Fields is the unquestioned future of the team. It shouldn’t be too long until we see him under center showcasing his immense talent.
Once he does, he will be surrounded by some good, skill-position players. David Montgomery will lead a strong running game with Damien Williams behind him. Tarik Cohen will be back on the field at some point this season as well.
Cole Kmet has a bright future at tight end. After surpassing veteran Jimmy Graham on the pecking order in the second half of 2020, he should continue seeing his targets increase. But, if there is one concern for a young quarterback, it is the outlook at the wide receiver position.
Allen Robinson is an excellent No. 1 target, but his future with the team is up in the air. Behind him things get shaky. Darnell Mooney had a good rookie season and should see a second-year leap. Veterans Marquise Goodwin and Damiere Byrd are behind them on the depth chart.
If Robinson leaves, the Bears are left with the least inspiring wide receiver group in the NFL. How could they change that? Pursuing a trade for Browns star Odell Bekcham Jr. could be the answer.
Beckham is ramping up his activity as we get closer to the regular season. He is putting the finishing touches on his rehab after suffering a knee injury last season and is looking healthy and ready for the 2021 season.
While the numbers aren’t what people expected when the Browns acquired Beckham from the New York Giants, he can still be a game-breaking wide receiver. He is an excellent route runner with explosive athleticism. While it isn’t showcased as often in Cleveland, we still see flashes of it.
For the Bears, having a go-to receiver in place will help Fields’ development. Having two could take this offense to another level. Bookending Robinson with Beckham would make the Bears’ aerial offense extremely difficult to slow down.
Going to a team more willing to air it out, such as the Bears, from a team that wants to pound the ball on the ground such as the Browns, would provide more opportunities for Odell Beckham Jr. to show he still has plenty left to offer.