Maybe a wide open wide receiver?
I’m not sure what to expect from Chicago, but given the timing of the move, it could be a sign of things to come. We all know the Bears have a slew of free agents they like in the draft (see: Jared Allen, Kevin White, Cameron Meredith) and I believe the time has come for Mike Martz and company to use their draft picks to make their own moves. But can they make a good hire to do it? Or could that be a distraction? Well, we know what they do with a distraction.
I won’t even get into the possibility that they are trying to trade up from 1-5 for the number one pick, since that is a wild prospect. But I will say this: when you are on a high and are looking for your draft pick, you can always just say you will not wait. That is a perfectly reasonable response, and if you are in the market for the Bears number one pick in June 2016 you can just say it. The Bears will say no.
In the end though, the Bears really seem to have no real reason to want to make a trade. Will they ever make a move that will change the trajectory of their season? The short answer is “no”, because no matter how much people think the Bears need to move up to get the top pick in the 2016 draft, the fact remains that Chicago is a team that doesn’t have any real obvious weaknesses. But if only there was a trade that would change the path of their season. That is where a little bit of time on waivers can really go a long way. After going undefeated in 2013 with an impressive 8-0 record, and beating the Seattle Seahawks twice (not including a game over a 10 year old boy), the Bears went into their bye weeks without losing a game. And after going 1-2 in Week 3 of 2014 with wins over Cincinnati and Atlanta, we were reminded of where Chicago was at. They went 0-4 in Weeks 4-7 and the Bears finished 12-4 on the year. They would go 6-10 in Weeks 8-10, and despite all of the time off the bye and the long break, come back on Sunday to put up a stunning 56-14, win over the Baltimore Ravens. Despite everyone having a bad day on the offensive side of the ball, the Bears continued to get after the opposing offense. What I liked was they ran the ball effectively with Kyle Long and Matt Forte in action. The Ravens’ defense was absolutely abysmal in Week 8 when they fell to 2-4 in their last 9 games and will need to find some help to stop the run, so Jay Cutler and the offense are no longer under siege. And they did get a couple of big plays from the run game. Forte ran for 75 yards and a TD (1-yard scamper) and Matt Forte caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. So the defense got a bit of run support, and the offense continued to make big plays. The Bears have plenty of weapons to spread the field, and if they run the ball successfully, they will force the Ravens to take shots. In fact, they may have the fewest passes attempted allowed this season: 7.2 passes versus 14.4 yds per pass. That is not an ideal situation, but there is also plenty of talent on the other side of the ball that will make up for the loss of Danny Trevathan. Chicago’s defense, while under siege, was allowing the sixth fewest points in the NFL.
What would a trade make? The big question, whether it is a trade or an acquisition, could be how much money the Bears get. There has already been some talk that they might get a high first round pick, or even a mid-to-late first round pick, but so far they have not signed another free agent, and so with a ton of roster spots open (due in large part to the draft in July) they can’t go shopping for players to fill a lot of them. And just in case a large price tag wasn’t enough, one would also wonder if they are trying to trade up somewhere else for the top pick in June. So the Chicago Bears have to take all of those factors into consideration as they search for a suitable replacement for Danny Trevathan. And I don’t think there is really a viable alternative. My guess is the Bears won’t trade up for either of those guys, and there just won’t be a position on the board in the first four or five picks that could be used. I think a free agent quarterback or a free agent wide receiver would be more appealing. But for now, Chicago will have to play out the season without their number one talent. You could make an argument that one of the reasons to own the number one pick