The Bears could have legitimate interest in New York Jets free agent wide receiver Brad Smith, sources say.
Smith, a former quarterback at Missouri, is a versatile player with good speed who could fit Mike Martz’s downfield passing game. He only caught four passes last year in an offense that featured Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery at receiver.
Smith also could be the Bears’ backup plan at kick returner if they are unable or unwilling to sign safety/kick returner Danieal Manning. Smith served as the primary kick returner for the Jets last season, scoring two touchdowns and averaging 28.6 yards per return — third-highest average in the league among returners with at least 10 attempts.
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