3 WR free agents unlikely to reach Chicago Bears

Every year, right after the Super Bowl, there’s a long list of free agents, and fans start to get excited about the potential for their breakout. Then, every year before free agency, we see the best players end up staying with their team, whether through an extension or the franchise. The same can be said this year, especially in the wide receiver market the Chicago Bears are desperate to break into.

Fans look at top free agents and see names like Davante Adams, Chris Godwin and Mike Williams, but the reality is that they are not going to stray away from their respective teams. Even if things got contentious, the team would find a way to get trade compensation, rather than let them walk.

The best example is Davante Adams. The Green Bay Packers haven’t committed to anything, but that’s because they haven’t heard from Aaron Rodgers yet. Once they’ve been informed, they can act on it, but at the very least, they’ll tag Adams.

So fans have already debated whether they can afford to pay Adams $30 million and fill out the rest of the roster. Now add that they will have to try to trade for him. Even if he demanded a trade to play for Luke Getsy, there would be a cost.

In the case of Mike Williams, a report from the combine has come that he’s not going anywhere.

Given the depth in the Chargers’ wide receiver room and the age of Keenan Allen, it would be unwise to let Williams walk. There were more questions with Chris Godwin, especially after an injury.

However, reports say they are likely to tag him as well. They wanted to try and get a deal done, but if they don’t, they’ll hold it off through the franchise tag.

The Chicago Bears might still be on those names, but the reality is that the price doesn’t just get them big bucks, it also comes with the cost of the draft. At this point, you might as well wipe Adams, Godwin and Mike Williams off one of your free agent wish lists.

Christy J. Olson