Bears Floated as Option for $12 Million WR on ‘Chopping Block’

The Chicago Bears could potentially use their No. 9 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft to select one of the top receivers in the class, bolstering their receiving corps for the following season.

If they emerge from the draft still looking for depth at the position, the New York Giants' scrap pile may provide a solution for them.

Darius Slayton, a 2019 second-round pick, might be on his way out if the Giants use their fortunate first-round draft position — No. 6 overall — to choose one of the receivers.

Both NFL.com's Chad Reuter and ESPN's Mel Kiper predicted the Giants would draft LSU's Malik Nabers with the sixth choice.

In both mocks, Washington's Rome Odunze was still available, emphasizing New York's opportunity to improve.

Adding either rookie would boost the Giants' desire to move on from Slayton. Not only would cutting him save $3.8 million in salary-cap space,

but the team also has two other recent draft picks — Jalin Hyatt and Wan'Dale Robinson — who can get additional reps alongside a first-round rookie in 2024.

If Slayton becomes a free agent, the Bears may be able to sign him at a low cost. Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report even mentioned their name in his April 9 piece on noteworthy veterans who could be on the "chopping block" following the draft.

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