The Chicago Bears will be looking to free up some cap space as the 2020 offseason approaches. Ryan Pace could make these two trades to sign a veteran quarterback if the team officially moves on from Mitchell Trubisky.
Before we begin, let me preface this article by saying how I am not a fan of the idea of signing Tom Brady at this point in his career. In fact, I would not spend big money on a veteran quarterback this offseason. I understand many Chicago Bears fans believe Mitchell Trubisky is a bust, but throwing big money at a 42-year-old Brady or a 38-year-old Philip Rivers is not a long-term fix.
Hell, if I am being honest with myself, I am not sure either is a short-term fix. Brady is arguably the best (at least top-five) quarterback to ever play the game of football. Rivers is underappreciated and although he had a down 2019 season, he had a very solid 2018 year. Rivers has superb talent, but I also do not believe he fits in Matt Nagy’s offensive system.
That said, for those Chicago Bears fans who want a bigger name quarterback to be added to the roster through free agency or the 2020 NFL Draft, there are two trades Ryan Pace could make to help free up the needed salary cap to sign one of them. Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and Alex Smith will require a trade at this point. Derek Carr is another name being thrown out in trade rumors.
Rivers, Tom Brady, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are slated to become free agents. Dak Prescott is another name, but could he also be traded if the Cowboys franchise tag him? If Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy have truly decided that Trubisky is not their quarterback, they will need to look to replace him with at least one of these names. Personally, I am not confident in any of them, but let us imagine the GOAT in blue and orange for the purposes of this article.