Franchise tags, used and not used, affect Bears' WR search

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Franchise tags, used and not used, affect Bears' WR search

Under Jerry Angelos direction as general manager, Vincent Jackson was to be among the first wide receivers pursued by the Bears when free agency opened this offseason. Angelo is gone but Jackson is not -- the San Diego Chargers elected not to use their franchise tag on Monday to sequester him -- and the exact direction new GM Phil Emery will follow for help at wideout, well, he isnt exactly saying.

The problem for the Bears is that Dwayne Bowe received the franchise for the Kansas City Chiefs, Emerys old team before his move to Chicago. Wes Welker, not high on the Bears list, is the tag choice for the New England Patriots.

But the Bowe tag tightens the free-agent market in exactly an area of high interest to the Bears. It doesnt mean that Jackson or New Orleans Marques Colston or Indianapolis Pierre Garcon wont be a Bear before months end. It does mean, however, that the price will be every bit of the 10-11 million per season that Jackson has sought.

Establishing a price is an inexact science. The Buffalo Bills, not ruled out as a team considering Jackson, paid Stevie Johnson an average of 7.25 million for five years in their deal with him. That will not get Jackson to Chicago, and probably not Colston, for that matter, although the 6-foot-4 Saints receiver is not expected to command the market share of Jackson or Bowe, had the latter been available.

The market doesnt official open until next Tuesday but conversations are the norm in the NFL and the Bears will be in more than a few of them.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley

2017 NFL Draft Profile: UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

6'2" | 250 lbs.

2016 stats:

61 tackles, 18 TFL, 10 sacks, 6 PD, 3 FF

Projection:

First round

Scouting Report:

"Ascending edge prospect who racked up impressive TFL and sack numbers this year despite a relatively raw approach and skill set. He's a little stiff in his lower body, but flashes good athleticism once the ball is snapped. McKinley's motor is a translatable characteristic, but improved hand usage and pass rush mechanics are what could elevate his game to another level as a starting, 3-4 outside linebacker. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: California QB Davis Webb

2017 NFL Draft Profile: California QB Davis Webb

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Davis Webb, QB, California

6'5" | 229 lbs.

2016 stats:

4,295 YDS, 61.6 CMP%, 37 TD, 12 INT, 135.6 QBR

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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