This NFL offseason, the Chicago Bears hold a lot of power.
The Bears have the number one overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, plus hold the most cap space of any team. Some might say, the offseason runs through Chicago, and they would be right.
No matter what, the Bears have to upgrade a few key positions with their assets. Between offensive line, defensive line and wide receiver, Chicago has three spots that are hurting in a big way.
Focusing specifically on wide receiver, though, the Bears might have to go the route of the draft rather than free agency. There aren’t many big names available, although one could be popping up here soon.
New Orleans Saints veteran wide receiver Michael Thomas could end up hitting the market soon, according to a recent report.
New Orleans Saints reporter Nick Underhill shares an interesting wrinkle in Thomas’ contract, showing that the team could owe him a total of $61 million if they keep him on the books. Otherwise, the only way he sticks around is if the team reworks his deal.
Is Michael Thomas an option for the Chicago Bears?
A couple of years ago, Thomas would have been a phenomenal option for the Bears. Unfortunately, injuries have totally thrown off the trajectory of his career. The unfortunate part of his injuries is that they all center around one specific area: his feet.
Whether it’s his ankle, foot or toes, Thomas has endured some lengthy injuries and recovery times over the past three years.
He was once on the way to becoming an all-time great, putting up seasons with 104, 125 and then 149 receptions in three straight seasons, breaking records at the same time.
But, injuries have become a huge issue, and if the Saints cut him, the Bears should stay away.
Last year, Thomas played in just three games before getting hurt again. He missed all of the 2021 season after playing in just seven games in 2020.
If the Bears are going to go the veteran route, they should do so via trade, not free agency. Chicago needs a true alpha, but one that isn’t constantly hurt. Therefore, if Thomas becomes available, he should not be considered.