Tomorrow teams may begin negotiating with free agents, ahead of its start on Tuesday. Last season, wide receiver was seen as the Bears' biggest or second biggest need. Phil Emery addressed on the eve of free agency when he traded for Brandon Marshall. However, one year later, the position still needs bolstering.
The Bears still need another good wide receiver. With Johnny Knox gone for good (sadly) and the new regime seeming ready to turn the page on Devin Hester as a viable threat, it seems as though the Bears are going to want at least one more starting caliber receiver to pair with Marshall and Earl Bennett. Plus, Bennett and Alshon Jeffrey have health questions of their own, as the team has not seen Bennett make it through 16 games in three seasons and Jeffrey spent last season with a couple different ailments.
With the Bears coming off a 10 win season and a new coach hoping to pick up where they left off, Emery and Marc Trestman might want to go the free agent route versus the draft to find a playmaker they can plug in and try and jump start the disappointing pass offense of recent seasons.
Greg Jennings, Packers - Jennings is a complete receiver who can do it all. He's proven himself in the league, but that means he will command the money. I wouldn't except the Bears to be in the play for him, but it's nice to dream, and plus, it'd be sweet watching him torch his old team twice a year for the Bears. Jennings does have some injury concerns though.
Wes Welker, Patriots - Another guy who will command a lot of dollars, Welker is considered the best slot receiver in the league. He is a reception beast and it seems unlikely to me that he'll be back with New England next season.
Danny Amendola, Rams - PFF rated him with a +13.0 for 2012, despite missing five games. He has injury concerns and he's played on some bad teams, so his price is likely to be less but he is a great slot receiver would fit right into what Trestman wants to do.
Brandon Gibson, Rams - Another Ram who could work out of the slot, Gibson has the speed the Bears likely covet at the position. He's coming off a career year with 691 yards and five touchdowns for a PFF grade of +6.6.