Chiefs general manager Brett Veach made the connection between free agent wide receiver Albert Wilson and new Bears coach Matt Nagy during his media session at the NFL scouting combine Thursday.
When asked about whether he expected Wilson to leave the Chiefs this offseason and what the market might be for him, Veach first mentioned Nagy, the former Chiefs quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.
"Well, Matt's in Chicago, so he knows all about him," Veach said. "... When teams watch Albert, they'll understand how valuable he is. We certainly feel the same way. We'd be super excited to get him back, but we know we have to go through the process here."
The Bears, of course, are in desperate need of upgrades at wide receiver for second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and they're expected to add to their group via free agency and the draft.
Wilson, 25, had a career-high 42 catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns in 2017 with the Chiefs, his fourth in the NFL. In his final game of the regular season in Denver, he had 10 catches for 147 yards.
"He worked really hard in the offseason, got his weight down a little, and you saw that last game in Denver, he kind of took off," Veach said. "He's a very tough player. He does everything from the slot, from the outside. He can block. He can return if you need him to. He's a very valuable commodity for us, and certainly has done a lot for us over the last few years."
The Bears also will be evaluating wide receiver prospects this week at the combine, and Nagy said he was interested in how they fare in the interview process.
"I like looking for guys that are just natural receivers, guys that know how to play football," Nagy said. "It's easy to get caught up in some of the other stuff, but at the same time that's why we're here. ... For me, it's nice to be able to be in the interview process, get to see how they are as people. What's their intel? How well do they reciprocate what you talk about? How do they recite what you say? Then you kind of get an evaluation of that."