Deep WR Free Agent Class Could Mean Good Things For Bears
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(WSCR) One thing Jay Cutler hasn’t had since he joined the Bears in 2009 is a big, physical wide receiver.
Well, the 2012 free agent class of wide receivers is about as deep as it gets. New general manager Phil Emery will have his work cut out for him once free agency begins on March 13.
“The wide receiver class is a very interesting one,” Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. “You’re going to know a lot of the names — DeSean Jackson in Philly, Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City, Stevie Johnson in Buffalo, Vincent Jackson probably won’t be back in San Diego — so some pretty big names. … There are definitely a lot of big names out there. It’s going to be interesting to see how many of these guys actually change teams.”
LISTEN: Eric Edholm on The McNeil and Spiegel Show
One name in particular Edholm focused on is the 29-year-old Vincent Jackson from the Chargers. Jackson pulled in 60 catches for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011 — more than any wide receiver on the Bears roster.
“The thing with (Vincent) Jackson is he’s a guy who probably averages three to five catches a game, so he’s not going to be producing a whole lot, but he can change the way defenses play the Bears,” Edholm said.
“I know Phil Emery in his first press conference probably used a lot of jargon, but the one word he kept using was ‘dynamic’ football players. There is no dynamic receiver on the Bears roster. There are a lot of guys that are uni-taskers or guys who are just OK all around. They need that somebody who can be special at that position.”