As we mentioned, the proposed salary cap means that the Bears have money to burn once free agency does roll around. If they do go on a shopping spree, there are a few wide receivers who could wear the navy and orange this fall. One is wanted by a Bear, the other wants to be a Bear.
Devin Hester is hoping that the Bears go after Redskins receiver and fellow Miami Hurricane Santana Moss.
"Anybody that can come in and help out the team, I’m down for it, and a guy like (Moss) can come in and really help out a lot," Hester said. "I’m hoping we can get him."
It is a really cool thing that Hester, a receiver who battles for catches with Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Greg Olsen, would still like to bring in another player who would likely diminish Hester's receptions. He wants to win, and thinks that Moss could help the team to that end. Moss does fit into Mike Martz's vision of a perfect receiver. However, Moss has stated his desire to stay in Washington, and his age and wear has to be taken into account if the Bears consider him. Going into his 11th season, he is 32 years old.
The other receiver whose name has been connected with the Bears is Plaxico Burress. He has taken to Chicago radio to lobby for a job here. He praised Jay Cutler, Greg Olsen, Lovie Smith and Chicago fans, saying that the Bears are one of his choices:
"Oh without question, without a doubt (the Bears are among his top three choices)," Burress said on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000.
But before you get excited about Burress' tall, lanky frame beating out the Packers for jump balls, heed the Tweet of Trib Bears reporter Vaughn McClure: For the fans on here wondering, the Bears have no interest in Plaxico Burress no matter how much he adores them. Not happening.
For a free agent signing to happen, the Bears have to want the player and the player has to want the Bears. Whenever free agency does start, Chicago will have to look for that perfect match.