4 reasons why Chicago Bears should not sign WR Jeremy Maclin: Whenever a talented free agent hits the open market, fans are quick to clamor for the Chicago Bears to add other potential contributor to their roster, especially when the team has some wiggle room left in their salary cap.
This has been the case for wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. The veteran was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2014 and 2015, known for his ability to take the top off of defenses with his speed.
4 reasons why Chicago Bears should not sign WR Jeremy Maclin
The Bears haven’t exactly secured a sure-fire replacement for Alshon Jeffery this offseason, and the team has already been linked by multiple media members as a possible landing spot for Maclin, but as with every free agent, there are cons to go with the pros of signing the veteran.
The Kansas City Chiefs recently released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Last season resulted in a dip in Maclin’s production. Part of the reason was Chiefs tight-end Travis Kelce continuing to garner targets and Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill emerging in the passing game. Further, Maclin missed four games due to injury. When healthy in 2014 and 2015, Maclin combined for over 2400 yards and 18 touchdowns. If Maclin was to sign with the Bears, I would expect him to become the slot receiver and record 800 yards and six touchdowns. That is a bit of an upgrade over the expectation for Markus Wheaton, whom I would expect to record 600 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, it would further add depth as White, Wheaton, Cruz, and Wright all have had injuries the past few years that have limited their on-field production.
The first question comes down to how would Maclin fit on the roster? The Bears depth chart is not loaded with talent but it does feature plenty of depth. Kevin White, Cameron Meredith, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson and Daniel Braverman saw the field for the Bears last season. On top of that, the team signed Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton, and Victor Cruz so far this offseason.
However, when digging into this depth chart, none of those names are locks to stick on the roster or make any impact moving forward. In fact, only Markus