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Could former Missouri QB Brad Smith fill a couple of holes?

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The Bears don't have too many needs, but they could be in the market for a receiver, veteran backup quarterback and maybe even a returner, if Danieal Manning isn't re-signed.

What if the Bears addressed all three needs with one player?

One person the Bears may have on their radar is Brad Smith, the former Missouri quarterback, a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2006. A remarkable athlete, Smith has been productive at multiple positions.

In five NFL seasons, he's caught 64 passes for 557 yards and two touchdowns, carried the ball 98 times for 767 yards and two touchdowns, completed four passes for 51 yards and one touchdowns and returned 74 kickoffs for 1,968 yards and three touchdowns.

Smith is explosive, and he's listed at 6 foot 2.

How exactly would Smith fit with the Bears?

Well, Bears coach Lovie Smith has always favored athletes who are versatile. Manning is one example.

Brad Smith could help as a receiver, returner, running back and even as a quarterback in the Bears' version of the Wildcat offense.

Surely, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz would welcome that challenge.

It's unclear what the market would be for Smith's services. But, the Bears have proven they can be creative, to get a player under contract.

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The Bears need to stay away from these jack of all trades, master of none types. I mean, sure Brad Smith would help as a return man, and maybe in the slot. But, how consistent would he be as a receiver? If the Bears are gonna bring in a receiver, they need to bring in a guy that has proved he can play receiver in the NFL, not a guy that has only caught 64 passes since 2006. Brad Smith seems like a poor mans Devin Hester to me. But, I agree, if Manning isn't resigned, Smith would make sense for his ability as a return man.

Chicago needs to resign center Olin Kreutz, defensive tackle Anthony Adams, and linebacker Nick Roach. These are my big 3 as far as players already on the roster that need to be re-inked. The #1 player on my wish list is still Saints guard Carl Nicks, I'm telling ya this guy would set the Bears line over the top. What Nicks could do inside for the Bears line could send Matt Forte to his first Pro-Bowl, and neutralize one Mr. Suh in Detroit, not to mention the linemen in Green Bay and Minny. Nicks makes the most sense to me GO BEARS!!

I agree with Kevin that Carl Nicks would be a hugely beneficial addition. He is massive and I think could nullify Suh. But I also like Brad Smith. He spells dangerous.

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