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Braylon Edwards is far and away the best receiver still available on the free agent market. The Chicago Bears, who have had a need at wide receiver since World War II, would be wise to go after the former pro bowl receiver. But despite that gaping hole, the Bears will not sign him to be their No. 1 receiver.
There are reports that suggest they are one of the four teams still involved in negotiations with Edwards, but I am not buying that they are serious players for him.
The Bears are the most conservative team in the NFL. They have a quarterback in Jay Cutler who has a cannon for an arm. Say what you will about his personality, but you can’t deny that he can sling it with the best of them. They have an offensive coordinator in Mike Martz who implores a wide open style.
But when you look at the current crop of receivers on the roster, it leaves a LOT to be desired. Earl Bennett, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester (who might be the best return man in NFL history, but is not much of a receiver) and Roy Williams, who up to this point is the biggest offensive “addition” that this team has made.
This team needs a receiver who can stretch the field and actually understands how to play the position. Hester can stretch the field as well as anyone, but he still has no idea how to play the position. His route running is terrible, his hands are mediocre and his size is a problem for the position.
Edwards doesn’t have the greatest hands in the world, but he can run routes and is very big and physical. His speed is underrated, though he isn’t a burner by any stretch of the imagination.
This seems like a match made in Heaven, but the Bears will not end up pulling the trigger on a deal because they never do. They have had a need at receiver forever but never do anything to address it.
The Bears will be content to go into the regular season with the team they have, and when Cutler isn’t able to hit any receivers, he will get blamed for it. He’s not the most accurate quarterback in the world, but did anyone ever stop to think that the receivers could be a part of the problem, too?
If Lovie Smith wants Cutler to be the guy he was in Denver, get him some help so that all of the burden doesn’t fall on him.
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