Chicago Bears: 3 Trades for a tight end Ryan Pace must consider

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Mike Gesicki

How about a trade that nets the Chicago Bears a tight end and allows them to essentially move up in the 2020 NFL Draft? The Miami Dolphins have 13 picks in the upcoming draft. They have three first-round picks and two seconds. The team needs an injection of young talent and this draft is where Miami will try to load up.

One glaring area of need outside of quarterback for the Dolphins is outside linebacker. The Bears cannot afford to pay Leonard Floyd $13.2 million dollars this season. The Dolphins, however, have the most cap space in the league. With this trade, the Bears could dump Floyd and get something in return.

The Dolphins would be getting a first-round prospect who has shown flashes. Maybe he will succeed more in a different system that does not have him drop in coverage as much? If he works out the team can work out a contract extension. If he is below average the Dolphins can walk away without any cap penalties in 2021.

Mike Gesicki is a solid tight end coming off a strong 2019 season. He caught five touchdowns and grabbed 51 balls for 570 yards. His catch rate was just 57 percent but did not have any drops. Gesicki had a below-average rookie campaign, but the Bears would be hopeful the 2019 season is more in line with his true talents.

The Bears and Dolphins would essentially swap picks in the 2020 Draft by the Bears sending their fourth-round compensatory pick to the Dolphins and the Bears receiving the Dolphins third-rounder. For good measure, the Bears would throw in Adam Shaheen as a tight project who did not pan out here in Chicago. Moving Adam Shaheen is basically an even swap in salary cap space and well, the upgrade from Shaheen to Gesicki is exponential.