Bears Expect to Sign $82.5 Million Pro Bowl WR Alongside DJ Moore

The Chicago Bears made a statement by trading for wide receiver DJ Moore before last year's NFL draft, and another elite-level standout is likely to join the squad in the coming months. 

ESPN analyst Aaron Schatz recently made the bold prediction that Chicago would seek and eventually sign free agency-wide receiver Mike Evans this summer to build around the young quarterback he predicts will lead the Bears' attack in 2024 and beyond. 

"The Bears will use the No. 1 pick on a new quarterback and invest in that quarterback by signing Mike Evans, one of the top free-agent wide receivers," Schatz wrote on January 7 of this year. 

"Evans has 10 straight 1,000-yard seasons and would pair nicely with DJ Moore in this offense." 

Evans' stretch of 1,000-yard seasons is second only to Hall of Fame wideout Jerry Rice, who had 11 straight years from 1996 to 2006 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Randy Moss, a Minnesota Vikings star, has also had ten seasons of 1,000 yards, but not all consecutive. 

Evans' career achievements rank him among the top wide receivers of all time, and the 30-year-old is far from finished. 

He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career in 2023 and will play in the playoffs after helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win their third consecutive NFC South Division title. Evans also won a Super Bowl ring with the Bucs after the 2020 season. 

Tampa Bay will visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Super Wild Card Weekend, and this might be Evans' final game in a Tampa Bay uniform. The wideout completed the last season of his five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Bucs in 2023 and will become a free agency in March.  

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