Bears may replace Velus Jones with a projected $18 million playmaker.

If the Chicago Bears are ready to part ways with former third-round choice Velus Jones Jr., a seasoned wide receiver with a similar skill set — and club ties — may be a good fit when 2024 NFL free agency opens in March.

Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus recently attempted to estimate the future teams for several famous wide receivers in the 2024 free agent class,

and identified the Bears as the best possible landing location for 27-year-old wideout Curtis Samuel.Spielberger noted that Samuel is "very close friends" with DJ Moore,

the Bears' No. 1 receiver, from their time together with the Carolina Panthers. He also praised Samuel's ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, 

whether as a ball carrier in the backfield or a short-yardage target near the line of scrimmage.

"Samuel offers a skill set the Bears seemingly tried to acquire in drafting Velus Jones Jr. — he can carry the ball out of the backfield while also racking up yards after the catch from slot and wide alignments,"

Spielberger wrote for Pro Football Focus on January 31.The Bears will need to add more receiving depth during the 2024 summer.

While Moore returns as their top receiving target, contracts with Darnell Mooney, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Trent Taylor will expire when the new league year begins at 4 p.m. 

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