Coaches have spent the offseason raving about their young receiving corps. Evidently, that doesn't mean the Bears wouldn't consider adding Vincent Jackson to a group that includes Devin Aromashodu, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Juaquin Iglesias.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via his Twitter account that the Bears are among three teams --- the Redskins and Seahawks being the others --- that have "debated making a run" at the restricted free agent, who is currently mired in what looks more and more like a lengthy holdout with the Chargers.
Let's stop right there.
"Debated making a run?"
It's impossible to know what that means. Maybe someone overheard new personnel man Tim Ruskell kicking around the possibility during a brainstorming session with other scouts. If so, this report could mean nothing. That's what personnel guys do during the offseason, look at available players and discuss whether they would upgrade their roster.
For example, it was the policy of one NFL team I once covered to inquire about every free agent on the market, so reporters could always accurately write that "the general manager had been in touch with the agent for star free-agent running back John Doe." But that didn't mean there was fire behind the smoke.
That said, Jackson is coming off two straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons in which he also led the league in average yards per catch. He would be a terrific addition to any team's roster.
He wants to get paid for his production, and may sit out the first part of the season if he doesn't get a new deal.
The Bears would likely have to surrender high draft picks to land a player of his caliber, which is something general manager Jerry Angelo has said he no longer wants to do after trading back-to-back first-round picks to the Broncos for Jay Cutler and a second-rounder to the Bucs for the late Gaines Adams.
Then again, considering what's at stake for Angelo and Smith this season, nothing they do this offseason should surprise you.