Chargers Free Agency

5 teams who could steal Mike Williams from the Chargers in free agency

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5. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Beas are in need of a WR1 with Allen Robinson hitting the free-agent market this offseason as well. While the Bears could just re-sign Robinson, he had a really bad season in 2021 and it really does seem like it is better if both sides simply move on.

The Bears are projected to have the 12th-most practical cap space this offseason (right behind the Raiders) with some moves to make to free up cap space. Chicago does need to pay Roquan Smith next offseason but they are freeing up over $10 million in cap space in Nick Foles after 2022, so they have room to spend.

The Bears have a young quarterback in Justin Fields who struggled in 2021 but seems to have the makings of being a good NFL quarterback. In order to ensure his success, Chicago needs to bring in experienced receivers that can have an instant impact rather than draft and develop a receiver to be the top receiver.

Chicago probably is not a suitor for either of the top two receivers on the market but they are in range for Williams. It would be a smart signing for the new regime in Chicago and depending on who the team hires, Williams may have connections to the Bears.

The Bears not only fired Matt Nagy but they also fired GM Ryan Pace. Chicago called on Bill Polian to help lead the search for a new general manager and head coach and Polian has connections to the Chargers. Tom Telesco is a Polian disciple and we have already seen these connections result in something as the Bears requested to interview Chargers Director of Player Personnel JoJo Wooden.

if Wooden gets hired then he instantly has a connection to Mike Williams. And heck, who knows, if Wooden gets hired by the Bears he might bring some of the Chargers coaching staff with him and elevate them. Heck, who knows, there could be a reality in which Joe Lombardi is the head coach of the Chicago Bears next season.

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Mike Williams returning to the Chargers still seems more likely than any of these possibilities but if he does leave, his next team is definitely going to be one of these five.

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