Friday, February 1, 2013
The Bears' WRs in 2013
By Tim Kavanagh
It's expected that new Chicago Bears HC Marc Trestman is going to revitalize the club's offense, and a big part of the overhaul will take place on the offensive line, where new OC Aaron Kromer will attempt to do a better job protecting Jay Cutler than his predecessors. But, there may also be some new faces amongst the pass-catchers.
No. 1 WR Brandon Marshall, rising second-year pro Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett will be back in significant roles again in 2013, but beyond that, it's somewhat of a mystery. Return ace Devin Hester's work at WR essentially crumbled down to nothing in 2012, and Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com believes that it's a long-shot for Hester to have any role on offense in 2013. Thus, the club could be looking to add another target for Cutler, either via free agency or the draft.
The free agent WR market this offseason is chock full of talent with which even a novice fantasy football owner is familiar, including Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, Brian Hartline and Greg Jennings. However, due to the availability of the franchise tag -- and the chances that each player's incumbent team re-signs them -- the actual situation may not be as much of a buyer's market by the time the new league year begins. Given the new regime in control of the front office and the coaching, perhaps the Bears make another big move this offseason for a WR, as they did last offseason in acquiring Marshall.