The Bears threw a few darts at the receiver position this offseason, bringing in a host of Darnell Mooney supporting-cast options. They intend to retain at least one of them.
Equanimeous St. Brown agreed to stay via a one-year deal, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic tweets. Rather than try his hand in free agency again, the complementary receiver will sign for $1.25MM, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com notes (via Twitter). This marks a slight raise for the 6-foot-5 target, who signed for $965K last year.
The elder of the NFL’s St. Brown brothers, Equanimeous came over from Green Bay with first-year Chicago OC Luke Getsy. The former Packers sixth-round pick has 20 receptions for 320 yards — eight shy of his career-high total, set back in 2018 — and a touchdown in the Bears’ run-oriented offense. St. Brown also has 54 rushing yards on six carries this year.
Chicago added St. Brown, Byron Pringle, N’Keal Harry, Dante Pettis and Velus Jones this offseason. Of this contingent, St. Brown has compiled the most receiving yards. Harry, Pringle and Pettis have one more game on their current Bears contracts. Although the Bears have run into injuries to several of their receivers this season, St. Brown has started 15 games during his Chicago debut.
The team has Chase Claypool, a deadline addition, signed through 2023. Mooney’s rookie deal also runs through 2023. St. Brown, 26, will be in position to supplement the higher-profile players next season.