The Bears need to find Mitch Trubisky some players to throw to this season, and that process begins next week when teams are allowed to begin negotiating contracts with free agents on March 12. There might not be an elite receiver set to hit the open market, but there are plenty of solid players who could be fits for the Bears. A look at five of those guys: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams The Rams seems prepared to let Watkins test the open market, but after catching eight touchdowns a year ago in the Sean McVay/Jared Goff offense, would he really want to leave? Or, alternatively, would the Bears be willing to potentially overpay to lure him away from Los Angeles? Watkins, for what it’s worth, only caught 39 of his 70 targets last year and missed eight games as recently as the 2016 season. Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks Richardson tore his ACL and suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in 2015, which muted the former second-round pick’s promise a bit in Seattle. He flashed some good downfield skills in 2017, catching 44 passes for 703 yards and six touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. He’d be a good option to be a deep threat for Trubisky and might even be a better one than Watkins. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars If the Jaguars can’t come to agreement with Allen Robinson — which might not be a slam dunk anymore — perhaps they’ll do what they can to keep Lee, who’s averaged 63 catches for 828 yards the last two years. But either way, things might be trending toward both receivers hitting the open market. Lee is 26 and has only missed two games in the last two years, which could make him an attractive target to add to the injury-ravaged Bears receiving corps. But how the market develops for Robinson will be fascinating — would the Bears be willing to offer more years and more guaranteed money to a guy coming off a torn ACL? That question is complicated by the fact that the Bears’ best receiver on their current roster, Cam Meredith, is coming off a torn ACL, too. Money isn’t necessarily an object for the Bears, who could have around $90 million in cap space if they release Markus Wheaton and Marcus Cooper, but signing an injured receiver while Meredith and Kevin White are on the mend does carry risk.
Free-agent options for the Bears to upgrade at wide receiver
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