The 10 best Bears' WR's over the last 10 seasons

The 10 best Bears' WR's over the last 10 seasons
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 20: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears warms up before the start of an NFL game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bears haven’t had many great wide receivers in their history especially as of late, but some guys have made a huge impact on the field.

With the regular season officially 74 days away there’s some time to put together a couple of top 10 lists.

Here’s the first one, ranking the 10 best wide receivers who suited up for the Bears over the last 10 seasons. There are some honorable mentions at the end as well.

1. Brandon Marshall

Love him or hate him, Brandon Marshall was a pure weapon for the Bears in his three seasons in Chicago (2012-14). He totaled 279 receptions, 3,524 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns including back-to-back 100 catch, 1,000-yard campaigns in 2012 and 2013.

Marshall ranks first all-time in team history in receptions (6.2) and yards (78.3) per game, seventh in receiving touchdowns and 12th in yards. He put up numbers and didn’t hesitate to give it his all on the field. He’s the best wide receiver to ever wear a Bears’ uniform in my mind.

2. Alshon Jeffery

Right behind Marshall is his former counterpart Alshon Jeffery. The duo shined together over Jeffery’s first three seasons in the league (2012-14). In 51 games, 44 starts, Jeffery has 252 receptions for 3,728 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns.

Jeffery needs 1,332 yards to pass Johnny Morris on the very top of the Bears’ all-time receiving ranks. Marty Booker, Matt Forte and Curtis Conway are the three directly in front of him. If Jeffery can stay healthy and be a consistent threat, then you can bet he will propel to No. 1 on this list come next year.

3. Johnny Knox

It’s a true shame that Johnny Knox’s career was cut short because this kid had the looks of a true speed threat for the Bears. From 2009-11, he made 27 starts, hauling in 133 receptions for 2,214 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also averaged 27.4 yards per kick return taking one back as a rookie in 2009.

Knox’s football life ended prematurely after taking an awkward and painful hit against Seattle on Dec. 18, 2011. He sat out the 2012 season after vertebra surgery and never recovered. Knox doesn’t turn 30 until November and barring his painful injury, he’d most certainly be a contributor somewhere right now with his 4.34 speed.

4. Muhsin Muhammad

Despite enjoying three solid seasons at the peak of the Bears’ success from 2005-07, Muhsin Muhammad goes down as a guy who runs his mouth too much. After being released during the 2008 off-season, he told Sports Illustrated that Chicago is “where wide receivers go to die.”

I’m sorry but anything he did in the orange and blue doesn’t do much for me after a comment like that. For what it’s worth, Muhammad totaled 164 receptions for 2,183 yards and 12 touchdowns in 47 starts.

5. Bernard Berrian

At the same time Muhammad was in town, so was burner Bernard Berrian. He enjoyed moderate success with the Bears, adding 150 catches for 2,197 yards and 13 touchdowns in 32 starts from 2004-07.

Berrian’s career-best season in 2007 (71 catches, 951 yards, five touchdowns) landed him a big contract with Minnesota, but he fizzled out of the league after 2011. He was always a fun player to watch.

6. Devin Hester

The best return man of all-time was moved to wide receiver after one season in the league simply because he had the speed that every team desired. However, Hester never put it all together in six seasons at the position.

Hester made 46 starts from 2008-12, recording 217 receptions for 2,807 yards and 14 touchdowns. He never managed to learn the full route tree and often frustrated his quarterbacks. When Hester did get open on deep routes, he made defenses pay the price.

7. Earl Bennett

When the Bears needed to convert a third down, Earl Bennett was there alongside his former college teammate Jay Cutler to help out. Bennett totaled 185 receptions for 2,277 yards and 12 scores from 2008-13.

A 2008 third round selection out of Vanderbilt, Bennett caught a career-high four touchdowns in his final season with the Bears in 2013. He never played again after being cut by the Browns the following off-season. Bennett is currently completing his educational studies degree at Vanderbilt.

8. Rashied Davis

A converted defensive back, Rashied Davis worked his way to the NFL from the AFL. He didn’t put up huge numbers, but prior to Bennett’s arrival, he contributed as a third-down target for Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton.

Davis totaled 88 catches for 1,032 yards and five touchdowns from 2005-2010. He served as a core special teamer and always played with a chip on his shoulder. Davis recently held Chef Bowl 2016 in Lincoln Park helping raise money for charity.

9. Devin Aromashodu

Often referred to by Bears fans as “The Other Devin”, Devin Aromashodu had his best season in the first year Cutler joined the Bears, 2009. Aromashodu had 24 receptions for 298 yards and a career-best four touchdowns in 10 games, two starts in 2009. He caught two touchdowns in the season finale against Detroit.

He only went on to play another year with the Bears, adding 10 grabs for 149 yards before moving onto to Minnesota. But Aromashodu found his way out of the league after 2012. A 2007 seventh-round pick out of Auburn, he simply never was talented enough to be a full-time starter.

10. Mark Bradley

A torn ACL as a rookie, an ankle injury in his second season and knee surgery in his fourth off-season limited Mark Bradley to 34 games with the Bears. A 2005 second round pick from Oklahoma, Bradley always had potential but failed to stay healthy.

He totaled 38 catches for 583 yards and four touchdowns from 2005-08 before being cut by the Bears released on Sept. 24, 2008. He put together two so-so seasons with Kansas City from 2008-09 before failing to stick with Tampa Bay and New Orleans. Bradley’s comeback attempt in 2011 turned out to be a flop.

Honorable mentions: Marty Booker, Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Lloyd, Roy Williams, Marquess Wilson

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