Plaxico Burress? Bears Need to Sign SOMEONE to Fill Receiver Hole
Ok Jerry, so you proved me wrong and showed you had some balls. While I may not fully agree with the decision to trade for Jay Cutler, I guess I should be somewhat happy that you are at least making decisions.
So why stop now?
I know, I know, Plaxico is facing possible jail time and/or suspension from Commish Roger Goodell, but Plax is exactly what new QB Jay Cutler needs on the other side of Dev. A big, physical receiver who can go up and pick the ball out of the air. Plus, if he comes in at week eight of the season, assuming he is suspended for eight weeks, it will allow Cutler to get used to Devin and Forte and maybe another free agent/rookie wide receiver.
He would also come relatively cheap due to his legal troubles and will be looking for a shot at redemption and a place to prove he is still a high quality player. Especially since Chicago is no longer "a place where receivers go to die" since the Bears have a legit QB in Cutler.
Don't like Plax? There are other options in the market: Miles Austin (Dal), Drew Bennett and Torry Holt (STL), Mark Furrey (DET), D.J. Hackett (CAR), Marvin Harrison (IND), Ashley Lelie (OAK), Brandon Lloyd (CHI), and Lance Moore (NO).
Holt, unfortunetly, has no interest in Chicago according to his agent. He is has reportedly narrowed it down to two teams; the Titans and the Jags.
Lance Moore, Ashley Lelie, and Drew Bennett are similar to Hester in terms of the type of receivers they are. Furrey and Austin did not show me a lot, although we don't have much more on the roster. Harrison is old, but I guess should never be counted out considering he has more experience than our all our receivers combined.
But, the best options have to be D.J. Hackett and Brandon Lloyd. Both have had injury problems in the past, but both are good, effective receivers when they get in the game.
I know Lloyd was in Lovie's doghouse last season because of the amount of time it took for him to come back off the injured list, but when you look at our current receiving corps, we need help desperately. Shoot, if we do not get Plax (which we won't) we might as well try and sign two of these guys just because we are so depleted at the position.
Sure you can draft one in the second round, but more than likely, a second rounder is going to need a couple years to develop to his full potential. And who will be there at No. 49?
Kenny Britt (Rutgers) maybe, Brian Robiskie (Ohio St.) has been getting some love from Bear fans, as has Patrick Turner (USC) due to their height and skill set. A couple other later round picks I would be alright if the Bears drafted: Mohamed Massaquoi (Georgia), Tiquan Underwood (Rutgers), and Derrick Williams (Penn St.).
Massaquoi fits more of what we need, at 6'2 210 lbs. He played for four years at Georgia, showing excellent hands and a good understanding of the game. Underwood is quick and has been praised for his leaping ability and sure-hands (think a Lloyd type player) and Williams has been described as a jack-of-all-trades. He is fast, quick and very smart. While Williams is more of Hester type player, it would give us another young player to develop and who could contribute in more than one aspect.
But the point is, we need help and we need more than one player. One free agent and one draft pick would certainly be a step in the right direction. One free agent and two receiver selections in the second to fourth rounds would be best.
I would push for Plaxico and if not, Hackett or Lloyd will do. And then selecting Turner out of USC and Massaquoi or Williams in the draft. Our lack of skill at the receiving position could very well offset the signing and effectiveness of Jay Cutler.
Jerry, show me the trade you just pulled off was not a one-time deal. Show me you want to win now.
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