After failing to trade for Russell Wilson, the Chicago Bears need to get creative in order to rebuild their offense. Perhaps an aggressive offer to a free agent receiver could get the ball rolling in the right direction.
The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs hears the Bears have given Golladay a one-year offer worth $11-12 million. It’s a modest offer in a tough receiver market. But perhaps some of the value is in what it would mean to sign with the Bears.
It seems as if Chicago’s pitch to Golladay would be to team him with Allen Robinson, presenting Andy Dalton with some real weapons, and the possibility for Golladay to return to the market after the 2021 season having rebuilt his value with the Bears. In other words, the Bears are offering Golladay a pillow contract which could help him prove that he’s both healthy and deserving of the multi-year deal he seemed destined to sign a year ago at this time. Of course, Golladay may seek a similar structure with another team with more … stability at quarterback.
But even if he doesn’t see the QB, front office, head coach, or entire offensive system as a problem, it still might take a bit more to lure Golladay to Chicago.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio passes along that Golladay is seeking a contract worth $18.5 million per year. Or to put it differently, about $500,000 more than what Robinson is getting on the Franchise Tag this upcoming season. Hey, you can’t get what you don’t ask for in negotiations. So there’s no shame in putting in that request.
But seeing that no one is getting top-market dollar on their contracts at this point of free agency, it’s tough to imagine Golladay getting it while coming off an injury shortened year at a time where there are dozens of receiver options hanging around free agency. But I suppose time will tell.
Ultimately, it’s tough to see this happening, but it is oh-so-easy to dream on a receiving corps of Allen Robinson, Kenny Golladay, and Darnell Mooney.