Chicago Bears make no moves at trade deadline.
To no one’s surprise, the NFL trade deadline came and went and the Chicago Bears made no moves. Ryan Pace’s decision to stand pat means the Bears feel they can win this year and are preparing to make a run at the division title.
In most cases, trades that take place in the NFL are players for picks. With the Bears already down a first and second round pick in the upcoming draft, they were going to have to get a sweetheart of a deal to trade one of their few remaining picks for a player to help them this season.
On the reverse side, trading one of their players for a pick would only worsen the team for this season. If Pace was going to consider trading one of his players off this roster, it was going to have to be because the pick they were offered was too sweet to pass up.
The two players that garnered the most speculation as to individuals that might get traded were Jordan Howard and Leonard Floyd.
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Both players are having down seasons and the Bears have decisions they will need to make about both players’ futures this offseason. Trading them made sense from that standpoint, but trading each player would leave a large hole in the team this year.
The Bears were going to have to be blown away with basically a second round pick to trade one of those players and obviously, an offer like that didn’t come through.
One other player that might have been quietly being shopped was Jonathan Bullard. Bullard has not lived up to his draft hype and has quietly fallen out of rotation with the emergence of Bilal Nichols.
Bullard played a season low snap count against the New York Jets.
With Kyle Long banged up, the Bears may add another offensive lineman into the mix, but they certainly were not going to give up any draft capital for that to happen. Ryan Pace’s decision to stand pat is an announcement that his team is on the field and this is the squad that will be making a push for the Bears first division title since 2010.