Earlier today, the Chicago Bears decided to terminate the contract of wide receiver Johnny Knox. This is not surprising news, considering the circumstances of an unfortunate incident that happened a season ago.
During Week 15 of the 2011 season, Knox suffered a horrific spinal injury versus the Seattle Seahawks. While attempting to recover his own fumble, Knox was hit by Seahawks defensive end Anthony Hargrove, and was contorted at an awkward angle. As a result of the hit, Knox underwent spinal fusion surgery the next day.
The fifth-round pick from the 2009 draft sat out the entire 2012 season while going through vigorous rehabilitation. However, the progress from rehab wasn’t enough to persuade the Bears to keep Knox along for the ride.
Knox was probably the fastest player on Chicago’s team, and with the possibility of wide receiver Devin Hester getting a “fresh start” somewhere else could leave the Bears needing a speedy receiver for the 2013 season.
The termination of Knox’s contract and the potential departure of Hester could alter the Bears’ offseason needs just a bit. In the event this should happen, don’t be surprised if Chicago looks for a downfield threat in the draft of via free agency.
Personally, I think that it will be at least something to strongly consider, especially with the offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman in charge. As a matter of fact, even if Hester stays, the Bears should still consider getting a speedy receiver.
In my opinion, Knox was their best deep threat in the passing game, and Hester never will be an effective receiver in the league. Adding the right down-the-field threat, and obviously improving the offensive line, will highly improve Chicago’s offensive attack.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google