Chicago Bears to Pursue Santana Moss, Is It a Fit?

Garrett SistoCorrespondent IJune 9, 2011

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins hauls in a touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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I was actually quite shocked to see how fantastic Santana Moss was this past season. His numbers, for the equally uninitiated:

93 Receptions  / 1,115 Yards  / 6 TDs

These numbers were put up in the McNabb/Grossman era in Washington, which is exactly as ugly as it sounds. Yet amidst all this turmoil, Moss put up one of his career's best seasons.

Consistency runs rampant with Moss, as he has had quality seasons every year since 2003 while only missing a small handful of games due to minor injuries.

Then what would be the serious concerns here? He is only 5'10'', and the Bears biggest issue is quite literally to grab a big, number one wide receiver. Moss certainly doesn't fit the size needs, although his last three seasons (and career at large) would easily make him the best Bears receiver in some time.

Next thing to worry about is his age, and at 32, he definitely has a lot of mileage on those legs. Drafted in the first round as a serious burner in the field, Santana has lost a step or two in the decade since.

Yet he has turned into a very savvy route-runner, and outside of Earl Bennett, Chicago could definitely use another guy with those skills

All-in-all, the Bears absolutely and undeniably need to sign a wide receiver that can potentially be a number one caliber guy. A player that can put the team on his back in the big games, and consistently contribute during the season. This signing also needs to make the other receivers around him better, with the addition of his threat in the field.

Santana Moss can definitely be this man, but he does come with realistic worry. In my mind, Sidney Rice is the obvious number one choice to sign, and Mike Sims-Walker makes a ton of sense too. These two are very young, and could be with the team for a while.

With the word from Bears reporters claiming that Moss is on the Bears radar, some fans may be worried about the team signing an older player who might soon be over-the-hill. Yet, this Bear team truly does seem to have a one or two year window to win it all.

If that's the route Jerry Angelo wants to take, I don't think Bear fans will have a tough time getting excited about Moss's potential additions to Jay Cutler's corps of pass-catchers.