Chicago Bears Free Agency: 4 players that require caution

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2. Wide Receiver Paul Richardson

Speaking of injury worries, wide receiver Paul Richardson fits that bill. It wasn’t too long ago that a lot of Bears fans wanted to see Richardson in Chicago when the team was looking to revamp their receiving core.

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Two years ago, Richardson was coming off the best year of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, where he caught 44 passes for 703 yards and six touchdowns. He cashed in with the Washington Redskins, but has since then been released.

Richardson has only played a full season once in his career, and with Washington, he spent a lot of time on injured reserve. Injuries have been widespread, too, with Richardson suffering through a shoulder and hamstring injury in two separate seasons with the Redskins.

One quick thought: If you’re a wide receiver and the 2019 Redskins team releases you, that speaks volumes. If you follow the NFL in general, you know the Redskins offense hasn’t been exactly electric as of late.

Richardson can still bring the speed, and that’s why the Bears might look at him. They need to add some speed at the position this offseason. But, if they choose to entertain signing Richardson, the thought process has to be that he comes in on a cheap deal — maybe even a one-year prove-it type of deal.