Chicago Bears Rumors: Potential trade packages for Darius Slay

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If I am Ryan Pace, I am going to start this conversation off saying, “we will give you a 2021 second-round pick, but we want Darius Slay and your third-round pick this year.” That might not be enough, but Bob Quinn would at least have to mull it over. After some countering back and forth, Quinn decides he wants something for Slay and a second-rounder is very generous.

Now, the Bears give up a pick in next year’s draft, but they also gain one back in 2020. With the Bears sending their 2020 fourth-round pick for Foles, this would recoup that pick and allow them to draft another player within the top 150. The move also locks up a corner that the team desperately needs. No matter how bad the offense is, the defense should once again be a top-five unit. Not to mention, with Robert Quinn opposite Khalil Mack should lead to plenty of sacks.

If the Bears can continue to hold their opponents to less than 17 points per game on average, then Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky should be able to lead the offense enough for the team to succeed. The problem is, Bears fans are tired of the team struggling on offense. By adding the fourth-round pick for this year’s draft it allows the team to try and land another playmaker. The pick could also be used on another quarterback to round-out the quarterback room.

The problem with this trade is that it means Pace will have to continue to be more creative with the salary cap. At least by swapping Slay and Tarik Cohen in the first option, Cohen’s $2 million-plus salary goes off the books. In this move, nothing comes off the books. Cutting Adam Shaheen and Ben Braunecker could save the team enough to cover Cohen’s salary though.