Bears' 3 Biggest Priorities to Start the Offseason

The Chicago Bears must highlight these three things to start the offseason.
Aug 26, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles looks on before a
Aug 26, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles looks on before a / Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Find A Way to Make Some Meaningful Additions to the WR Room

It's not a surprise that the Bears need to add some more playmakers to the passing game. They finished the year 27th in passing offense (182.1) with 19 receiving scores. Receiver D.J. Moore came to town in 2023 and made his presence felt. Moore was sixth in the NFL in receiving yards (1,364) with eight scores.

Besides Moore, the Bears virtually got no help from any other wide receiver. Darnell Mooney logged 31 receptions for 414 yards and one score, which were all second among receivers on the Bears. Defenses could easily double-team Moore and put a top defensive back on tight end Cole Kmet to wipe out the passing attack.

The Bears are sitting on a boatload of money and draft picks to add more reliable playmakers. Someone like Tyler Boyd or Curtis Samuel could do a ton for the Bears. Both guys are going to be unrestricted free agents in March.

They don't need to be the No. 1 option but could be a smooth No. 2 threat. Boyd runs crisp routes and has strong hands at the catch point.

Over eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Boyd had 513 receptions for 6,000 yards and 31 touchdowns. Samuel would give them an athletic and quick pass-catcher.

The former Ohio State product could also take jet sweeps and give the Bears' offense another dimension. Last year, Samuel had 62 catches for 613 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

The Bears currently have the No. 9 overall pick and could add another solid difference-maker. Rome Odunze or Brian Thomas Jr. could be two intriguing options. Odunze uses a variety of releases to get off the line and has secure hands. In 2023, he snagged 92 receptions, 1,640 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns at the University of Washington.

Meanwhile, Thomas Jr. is a big, explosive pass-catcher. The LSU product glides downfield and has very fluid movements. Last year, he notched 68 catches for 1,177 yards and 17 touchdowns.

There are plenty of options available for the Bears to improve their receiving core this offseason.