5 Pending Free Agents Bears Should Let Walk This Offseason

If the Chicago Bears want to experience better results during the 2024 NFL campaign, they must let these five pending free agents walk this offseason.

DE Yannick Ngakoue is one of five free agents whom the Bears should let walk this offseason.
DE Yannick Ngakoue is one of five free agents whom the Bears should let walk this offseason. / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Darnell Mooney, WR

Even though fourth-year wideout Darnell Mooney is quite the fan favorite, his future with the Bears is unclear at the moment.

Chicago fans thought they had something special on their hands back in 2021 when Mooney ended his sophomore campaign with 1,055 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 81 receptions. His 140 targets that season also led to the fanbase wondering if he'd be one of Justin Fields' most-used weapons for years to come.

But much to the fans' dismay, Mooney's development has stalled. After a 1,000-yard campaign two years ago, the ex-Tulane playmaker has only turned 71 receptions into 907 yards and three TDs across 27 games over the last two seasons. He was an especially unreliable target in 2023, only catching 50.8% of passes thrown his way (with 3 drops) while tallying a putrid 57.7 passer rating when target.

To put things into perspective, Fields would've ranked 54th out of 59 quarterbacks if he recorded a 57.7 passer rating all season.

If Mooney is willing to take a cheap deal, I'd be okay with another season with him in a WR3 role. Having said that, Spotrac lists his projected market value at $10.4 million per year. If that truly is his asking price, all I can say is adios!