3 landing spots for Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marvin Jones in 2023 NFL free agency
No. 2 landing spot for Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marvin Jones: Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears haven’t had much stability at the quarterback since Sid Luckman in the 1940s. Sure, Jay Cutler made things interesting in the early 2010s and Jim McMahon was one of their most recognizable players in the mid-1980s. However, they haven’t truly had a franchise quarterback in a while.
Justin Fields is the latest quarterback to join the carrousel. Even though he was the No. 11 pick in the 2021 NFL draft, there’s a chance the Bears could trade him this offseason and take his replacement with the top overall selection in this year’s draft.
If the Bears decide to stick with Fields, they’ll need to provide him with a much better-supporting cast. Then again, the same would be true for any signal-caller, whether it’s a rookie or a veteran. Last year, tight end Cole Kmet led the Bears in catches (50) and receiving yards (544). Patrick Mahomes notwithstanding, no quarterback is going to win many football games with a subpar wide receiver corps.
Fortunately for Fields (or his rookie replacement), the Bears are scheduled to have nearly $100 million in cap room, which is more than enough to sign a couple of wide receivers and a pair of starting-caliber offensive linemen.
If the Bears want to be competitive in 2023, they’ll need to add veteran players that can provide leadership to their younger counterparts. Marvin Jones Jr. would quickly give the Chicago receiving corps a boost right off the bat and serve as a mentor for his teammates.
When you take into account that Jones would get paid a premium and have a starting role in Chicago, the Bears suddenly become an intriguing option.