Analyzing the Possibility of Torry Holt to The Chicago Bears

Joe WillettSenior Writer IMarch 12, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Torry Holt #81 of the Jacksonville Jaguars enters the stadium prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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While Torry Holt was making his rounds at ESPN , getting ready for his eventual post-NFL career on NFL live and SportsCenter, an interesting proposition was made.

He is still a decent wide receiver, and with his former head coach working as the offensive coordinator, Holt should be given a serious look by the higher-ups in the Chicago Bears organization.

He still has good legs and runs some of the crispest routes in the business and has some solid hands, not to mention he can help the young receivers in Chicago learn Mike Martz's complex system.

The biggest issue that plagued the Bears last season and undoubtedly caused at least a few of Jay Cutler's 26 interceptions was route running, and that is the one thing that Holt prides himself on.

Having Holt there to teach the young receivers like Johnny Knox, Earl Bennet, and Devin Aromashodu the intricacies of route running could be invaluable to the future of the Chicago Bears.

But Holt isn't just a teacher, he still has the ability to be a viable option in the passing game.

ESPN said that his ceiling last season was around 500 yards, but he produced just over 700 yards despite not catching a single touchdown.

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This isn't just fantasy talk though, Holt talked about the possibility of coming to Chicago on the Waddle and Silvy Show on ESPN radio recently, and he also talked about going to Chicago on SportsNation recently.

"This year I would again consider coming to Chicago and helping that football team out, helping Jay Cutler in terms of helping him get settled in that offense and give him a quality and consistent weapon play after play along with Hester and Aromashodu and Knox and Bennett and Forte and Olsen, I mean the list goes on and on with the talent that they have," Holt said. "I think I could fit in really well with that ball club and add a really good veteran presence."

There has been article after article asking the Bears to trade for Brandon Marshall or Anquan Boldin (although the Boldin ship has sailed), but adding the much cheaper receiver could be just as helpful.

The Bears would be foolish to not take a look at the 34-year-old veteran receiver.  Holt had eight straight 1,000-yard seasons under Mike Martz when he was with the Rams, and though a reunion likely won't offer the same statistics, it could be highly beneficial for all sides.

After spending big money early in free agency, adding a veteran for cheap could have effects lasting years, as he could help bring along the young receivers in the complex Martz system.

Will the Bears make this move?  Maybe or maybe not, but if they don't at least make contact with Holt's camp, they would be making a big mistake.

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