The Chicago Bears have signed another wide receiver in former Kansas City Chief Byron Pringle. Pringle signed a one-year, prove-it deal worth $6 million with $4 million guaranteed.
It’s not a surprising move considering new general manager Ryan Poles hails form Kansas City and saw exactly what Pringle could do. It’s a solid move for the Bears and gives quarterback Justin Fields another weapon to work with.
Pringle is coming of his best season, where he had 42 catches for 568 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games with the Chiefs. Where things currently stand, Pringle looks to be the No. 2 wide receiver behind Darnell Mooney.
The general reaction to the move was excitement from Bears fans and disappointment from Chiefs fans, who have seen Pringle’s development in Kansas City. Pringle is a solid WR2 option for the Bears right now behind Darnell Mooney, and he’s the kind of playmaking wide receiver Poles was looking for.
Now, the assumption is the Bears will target a young, playing wide receiver in the NFL draft to surround Fields with more weapons on offense.
Here’s how Twitter is reacting to the depth signing of St. Brown:
Pringle was the guy Poles wanted.
St. Brown was the guy Getsy wanted.
Sure seems like the Bears have a plan.
— DaBearsBlog (@dabearsblog) March 18, 2022
Poles gas free rest hand knowledge of what Pringle brings to the table as Byron’s entire career has been with KC
— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) March 18, 2022
Byron Pringle had a catch percentage or 70 percent that’s not bad
— Justin Fields, Eberflus and Poles are my 🏈 guys (@Football22Bears) March 18, 2022
Bears really got the steal of free agents with Byron Pringle, looks like I’m going to have to watch them some this year.
— Troubled Scribe (@TroubledScribe) March 18, 2022
That’s how an NFL team should attack the offseason: get your QB a receiver that has played on the game’s biggest stage and knows what it’s like to catch passes from one of, if not the single-best, QB in the game. All the credit to the Bears for getting their guy Byron Pringle.
—Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) March 18, 2022
We signed BYRON PRINGLE????? Really? Poles I mean COME ON MAN
—Austin James (@itsaustinjames_) March 18, 2022
Bears fans have been telling me they’re gonna get MY QB, Justin Fields, some weapons and they’ve gotten Equanimeous St. Brown and Byron Pringle. Lord please send the flood they don’t want him to succeed!
— Jayson Hatum (@ickydrippy) March 18, 2022
Bears just gave Byron Pringle $6M? Lol Fields finna blow up now
— #Fantasy #SKOL Dave (@VikingDave18) March 18, 2022
Bears needed a receiver Justin Fields could get the ball to quickly and allow to gain yardage after the catch.
Byron Pringle fits that role and fits the type of player Eberflus wants – fast.
— R👁N (@TheRyanHeckman) March 18, 2022
Byron Pringle is a great no. 3 option for the Bears and is very good after the catch. Speedy. Shifty.
— R👁N (@TheRyanHeckman) March 18, 2022
With the signings of Byron Pringle and ESB the bears are showing that they are going WR in the 1st RD
—Samwise (@FireInTheShire) March 18, 2022
Byron Pringle is a nice sign.
— DRUNK FIELDS 💯 (@DrunkJFields) March 18, 2022
I like Byron Pringle and wouldn’t wish to play for the Bears on my worst enemy. Sucks
— stranger of perrydise (@Yelix) March 18, 2022
I’m actually excited the Bears signed Byron Pringle…..irrationally so.
— “Showtime Mike” Engels (@mikee12579) March 18, 2022
Byron Pringle to the Bears, now that I like.
—Tom Dee (@Tom_Dee88) March 18, 2022
I like the signing. KC connection with Poles, Getsy connection with Patrick and Brown. Who else are they signing next? Hopefully, they are not done. https://t.co/EMsFXUXaWc
—Steven Negishi🇺🇦 (@AsianSportsFan1) March 18, 2022
Better than the ESB signing, but only slightly better than the Damiere Bryd type signings from last year. Intriguing player, though https://t.co/BLLIqLMyTV
— Blake (@SoldierFieldBlg) March 18, 2022
Between Equanimeous St. Brown and Byron Pringle, I low key really like the Bears’ WR room right now.
Grab one more in the draft, and this is an excellent room. https://t.co/Bhg25UvU9b
— Dhruv Kul (@DhruvKul) March 18, 2022
Ugh. Was always a possibility but didn’t expect to see this one.. Kudos to Ryan Poles https://t.co/KUJo7g1U5t
—Ryan – RogueAPC.com Performance Consulting (@RyanTracyNFL) March 18, 2022
Here we go. Another WR signing for the Bears. He really emerged as the Chiefs No. 2 WR at the end of last season. https://t.co/C2B8xLs1Fz
—Faizan Qurashi (@FaizanQurashi) March 18, 2022
Bears keep adding to their WR corps as the Packers subtract. Balance of power in the NFC North continues to shift! https://t.co/0VrrVw6UfN
—Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) March 18, 2022