5 Realistic Trade Scenarios for the Chicago Bears to Pursue This Offseason
Who can the Bears target this year? Are they looking to move any of their own players? There are five realistic trade scenarios. One includes a receiver who just doesn't seem to fit the team anymore.
After identifying who the receiver is, click through and see where his future home might be, as well as other trade options for the Bears.
Earl Bennett, Wide Receiver
Earl Bennett still has two years left on a four-year, $15 million contract. The Bears could really help themselves by finding a trade partner who needs Bennett's services.
Second-year receiver Marquess Wilson is working out with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. He is primed to take control of the third receiver spot on the team, leaving Bennett expendable.
Bennett is a solid receiver and could really help a team that has reliability issues. The New York Jets would be a perfect home for Bennett. He could help young quarterback Geno Smith and play the slot should the team draft receiver Mike Evans.
If the Bears can trade Bennett, they shouldn't expect anymore than the Jets' sixth-round pick. The move would give them three picks in that round and allow them to address some depth issues.
Javier Arenas, Cornerback
It's very possible that the Bears let Devin Hester walk away. He's an aging return man who gives you nothing on offense or defense. This team has a ton of depth issues, and it needs players who can contribute in multiple areas.
As of now, Patrick Peterson is the primary corner and return man in Arizona because he's very good at both. Javier Arenas still returned kicks for the Cardinals, but he also saw a limited role on defense due to the team's depth in the secondary.
The Bears would make better use of Arenas. Not only will he be their primary return man, but he also provides depth at corner should the Bears let Zack Bowman walk.
It shouldn't cost anymore than one of those sixth-round picks the Bears have to pry Arenas away from Arizona. He's got one year left on his contract.
Cyrus Gray, Running Back
Michael Bush will likely be cut, leaving only Matt Forte and Michael Ford as the team's running backs. The Bears could use a late-round pick to snag a running back or just pluck one off another team.
Cyrus Gray seems to be the odd man out in the Chiefs backfield. He lost time due to the emergence of Knile Davis, and the Chiefs still have Joe McKnight.
Gray was a talented back coming out of Texas A&M just two years ago. Many times, it takes a guy to get a change of scenery before he succeeds in the NFL.
The Bears would be able to get him cheap by throwing in no more than a seventh-round pick in next year's draft in a trade.
Da'Quan Bowers, Defensive End
Da'Quan Bowers has been a disappointment since entering the league back in 2011. His poor production, injury issues and inability to stay in shape me be too much for a new regime in Tampa Bay to handle.
Lovie Smith has always had a low tolerance for players who seem to slack off and don't put their all into the team. Smith may want to part ways with Bowers and send a message to his new team.
The Bears have a need at defensive end and could look into the talented but troubled pass-rusher. If Bowers gets himself healthy and humbles himself after a change of scenery, he could be a very productive player.
It's absolutely worth the risk to buy low on Bowers. Trade a future sixth-round pick for a player who was once the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous first-team All-American.
T.J. Ward, Strong Safety
The Browns are a complete disaster of a franchise right now. They need to start making smarter decisions and get a fresh set of players on their roster.
It would be wise for them to place the franchise tag on T.J. Ward and seek a potential trade partner. The Bears would be a perfect fit for Ward and have already shown they will part ways with draft picks to obtain a star.
Cleveland needs the picks, and the Bears need the impact safety. It's a match made in heaven that will likely cost the Bears a second-round pick in this year's draft and a fourth next year.
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