Chicago Bears fans seem to like the idea of trading for David Njoku. Although the idea sounds intriguing, it would be a big mistake.
The Chicago Bears have had issues at the tight end position dating back to the halfway point of the 2018 season. Issues do not describe what happened though in 2019. Instead, the tight end position completely imploded. Trey Burton was supposed to be a gamechanger, but instead, he turned out to be nothing more than a backup tight end. Unfortunately, Pace paid him like a starter.
The backups behind Burton could not resolve the issues either. Adam Shaheen was struggling and put on injured reserve. Ben Braunecker showed some promise, but he too found himself injured. The team added J.P. Holtz off waivers from Washington and also promoted rookie wide receiver converted tight end Jesper Horsted. Not a single tight end gained over 100 yards and combined the position only gained 416 yards and two touchdowns.
To make up for his mistakes of drafting Shaheen and overpaying Burton, Pace has addressed the position again this offseason. The team has a plethora of tight ends on the roster, but the three likely to see the most playing time were not on the roster in 2019. Pace signed Jimmy Graham and Demetrius Harris in free agency and drafted Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame with the Bears’ first pick at number 43 overall.
Will it be enough though? Does the team need to be even bolder and make a trade for a former first-round tight end who is demanding to be sent to a new team? The answer is no, at least not for this particular tight end. Trading for David Njoku would be a mistake.