With Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson out for an indefinite amount of time after suffering a fractured clavicle during practice on Monday, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman indicated that the team would be signing a wide receiver to replace Wilson over the course of the next couple of days.
“We’re on top of that,” Trestman said. “I think you’ll see some resolution in that over the next 48 hours. With the loss, we’re going to have to pick up a slot there. So we’ll be working on that as we move along, and the competition with who’s involved right now will continue.”-Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Early speculation has pointed to former Bears’ receiver Earl Bennett as the wide receiver that the team will turn to. Bennett was recently released by the Cleveland Browns in a move that was interesting to say the least considering the Browns are a team that has a desperate need for wide receivers. Bennett’s release by the Browns may raise red flags with Bennet’s health considering his history with concussions and other serious injuries.
Jonathan Baldwin, who was released recently by the San Francisco 49ers, has been mentioned as a possibility considering Bears’ general manager Phil Emery was with the Kansas City Chiefs when the team drafted Baldwin in 2011.
The Bears are in need of a wide receiver that is familiar with Trestman’s offense. That would be why Bennett would be the ideal candidate if his health checks out.
For now, Eric Weems will be operating as the Bears’ slot receiver.