5 Bears Free Agents Most Likely to Walk This Offseason

Free agency is quickly approaching in the NFL and the Bears will have some decisions to make in-house on who they want to return next season.

Oct 30, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (11) runs for a
Oct 30, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (11) runs for a / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR

It is shaping up be a complete restart at the wide receiver position for the Bears this year. We already touched on Mooney and now St. Brown is added to the list of likely Bears receivers departing.

St. Brown is most known for his excellent run-blocking at the position, but run-blocking at receiver is not going to get you big bucks or really provide all that much to the offense in general. He simply does not contribute enough in the passing game to warrant signing an extension.

He was also brought in with Getsy so can likely not have a home with new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.

We already mentioned that the receiver class this year is one of the deepest in the draft so I would not be surprised if the Bears even double-dipped at that position. The team desperately needs someone to complement D.J. Moore and Cole Kmet as they are the only options currently.

The best thing you can do for a rookie quarterback is protect him and also surround him with pass-catching weapons. While St. Brown definitely helps int he run game, he simply does not do it in the pass game. In two seasons with the Bears, he only had 26 receptions for 385 yards and one touchdown.

5. Robert Tonyan Jr., TE

Another former Packer makes the list. It is no secret that all the players Getsy brought in with him are now likely to be shown the door. That tends to be the case when a new coordinator is brought in.

Tonyan was signed to provide another option at the tight end position to complement Cole Kmet. Tonyan unfortunately provided his lowest marks since his rookie year with just 11 receptions for 112 yards and zero touchdowns. He also dropped perhaps one of the easiest touchdowns we have ever seen.

Another double agent? Jokes aside, Tonyan did not provide much at the position and isn't half the blocker Marcedes Lewis is so if anyone gets the boot at tight end it will likely be Tonyan. The Bears can find a depth piece via free agency or the draft if they decide to replace him.

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