Chargers Just Gifted Bears the Perfect Wide Receiver Signing

If the Chicago Bears are to improve their WR room this offseason, the perfect free agent just became available. The Los Angeles Chargers released free agent wideout Mike Williams on Wednesday.

Free-agent WR Mike Williams would be the perfect signing for the Bears.
Free-agent WR Mike Williams would be the perfect signing for the Bears. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Whether it's Caleb Williams or Justin Fields under center next season, there's no doubt that the Chicago Bears must improve their wide receiver situation. The WR is awfully thin at the moment as D.J. Moore is the only credible threat in the room, leaving Chicago likely looking toward the open market for reinforcements.

The good news for the Bears is that free agency is underway and the perfect solution for their WR issues just became available on Wednesday.

Bears Free Agency News: Chargers Release WR Mike Williams

The Los Angeles Chargers have announced that they have released veteran wideout Mike Williams, who has been with the franchise since 2017. The 29-year-old pass-catcher was productive across seven seasons with the Chargers, however, the franchise was pressed against the cap and his releases provided them with $20 million in relief.

The Bears would love to have a player of Williams' caliber on the roster — especially since he has a significant connection to the franchise. Chicago's new WR coach Chris Beatty is more than familiar with the former 2017 first-rounder after occupying the same coaching role with the Chargers for the last three seasons.

Interestingly enough, Beatty was also the WR coach during two of Moore's seasons with the Maryland Terrapins nearly a decade ago.

Chicago's passing game could use a player like Williams, who's racked up at least 750 receiving yards in four of the last five seasons. He's also hit the 1,000-yard mark twice with the better of those performances coming in 2021 when he tallied 76 receptions for 1,146 yards and nine touchdowns.

Joining a hungry team like the Bears could also be what Williams needs after missing the majority of 2023 with an ACL tear. He's expected to make a full recovery, though, which is fairly exciting given that he was on pace for over 100 receptions and 1,400 yards before his campaign ended after just three games.

That isn't to say that Williams will have a career year in Chicago, but it shows how much of an upgrade he'd be over last year's situation. Moore (1,364) and Darnell Mooney (414) — who's now with the Atlanta Falcons — were the only Bears WRs who hit the 200-yard mark in 2023.

Fortunately, the Bears still have well over $57 million in cap space, per Spotrac, meaning they have more than enough cash to lure Williams to the Windy City.

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