The Bears don’t have too many needs, but they could be in the market for a receiver, veteran backup quarterback and maybe even a returner, if Danieal Manning isn’t re-signed.
What if the Bears addressed all three needs with one player?
One person the Bears may have on their radar is Brad Smith, the former Missouri quarterback, a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2006. A remarkable athlete, Smith has been productive at multiple positions.
In five NFL seasons, he’s caught 64 passes for 557 yards and two touchdowns, carried the ball 98 times for 767 yards and two touchdowns, completed four passes for 51 yards and one touchdowns and returned 74 kickoffs for 1,968 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith is explosive, and he’s listed at 6 foot 2.
How exactly would Smith fit with the Bears?
Well, Bears coach Lovie Smith has always favored athletes who are versatile. Manning is one example.
Brad Smith could help as a receiver, returner, running back and even as a quarterback in the Bears’ version of the Wildcat offense.
Surely, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz would welcome that challenge.
It’s unclear what the market would be for Smith’s services. But, the Bears have proven they can be creative, to get a player under contract.