Here is a great way to get some of the cap-space back in order to pay Darius Slay in 2020 and beyond. Buster Skrine had a very solid year in 2019. That said, the team has some young depth at the cornerback position. If the Chicago Bears were to add Slay to start across from Kyle Fuller, then they can lean on Kevin Toliver and Tre Roberson to take over Skrine’s role.
Skrine is due $6.1 million dollars in 2020. If the Bears were to trade him, the Lions would only have to pay Skrine’s $4.65 million dollar base salary. This would give the Lions a solid corner as a backup in the process, while also upgrading the Bears cornerback position. Again, hard to trade within the division, but this trade makes sense. In fact, Slay says he is ready to join the team as Cordarelle Patterson tries to recruit him.
With Skrine having less talent than Slay, the Bears will have to send a pick in the process. I have a sixth listed here in hopes that would be enough, but it might take a fifth-rounder instead. Pace is building for now rather than the future though, and a move like this would definitely help inch them closer. Would this move help fans forgive Pace for his other blunders? As much as I am upset with Pace, I do appreciate his aggressiveness. He knows who and what he wants and goes after it.
The problem is, there have been too big of blunders. Now that the team is strapped for cash, Pace will need to look elsewhere and be creative to make things work. He needs to get back on the phone and make one of these moves happen.