A new face is joining the crowd as the Chicago Bears completely rebuild at wide receiver, where they have Darnell Mooney and a cast of newcomers.
The Bears are acquiring N’Keel Harry, a first-round draft pick by the New England Patriots, for their 2024 seventh-round pick. NFL media first reported the deal.
Harry was a bust in New England as the 32nd pick in the 2019 draft – picked ahead of AJ Brown, Debo Samuel, DK Metcalf, Deontay Johnson and Terry McLaurin – but the Bears are buying less and getting a player Who should be prompted to enter. The final year of your rookie contract.
Harry reportedly requested a trade before last season, but it did not materialise. Now he has a new home where the depth chart is open for two weeks before training camp.
The Arizona State Product took only 57 catches for 598 yards and four touchdowns in 33 games in his first three seasons. He took 12 catches in 184 yards and did not score in 12 matches last season.
Harry was very productive for the Sun Devils in three seasons, especially in 2017 and 2018, when he combined for 2,230 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder was able to use his size and strength to outwit defenders in college, but lacked a physical presence in the NFL.
The Bears compete to play Byron Pringle, signed to a one-year contract, a $4.125 million contract, and third-round pick Welles Jones. Equinemius St. Brown, Dante Pettis, Taze Sharp and 2021 sixth-round pick Dazs Newsome are also part of a crowded room.
This is a minimum investment for Bears. Maybe a fresh start may prove to be just what Harry needs.