Did you see the trade the Ravens and the Falcons made this offseason? The Ravens sent former first-round tight end Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Falcons for a 2020 second-round pick and fifth-round pick. Well, that is the starting spot for the Chicago Bears here too.
The second-round pick in the Ravens and Falcons trade included the 55th overall pick. This Bears and Bucs trade will include the 50th overall pick not the 43rd. Giving up a second-round pick is a lot, but Howard has more talent than this somewhat weak 2020 tight end class.
Howard is still young and on his rookie deal. He would be the ideal tight end when Graham is done in two years. Not to mention, between Graham, Howard, Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller, receivers should have no problem finding open spots against defenses.
If Ryan Pace wants a tight end in the second round, making this trade makes more sense.Not only are they getting a better player right now than who they could draft at the 50th overall pick, they are moving up from the 163rd overall pick to the 117th. This could be used for a better offensive lineman, safety, cornerback, wide receiver or maybe even a quarterback like Jake Fromm or Anthony Gordon.