Social media is funny sometimes, but should the Chicago Bears make this trade?
Alright, time to put your Chicago Bears General Manager cap on. Move over Ryan Pace. That’s right, you are the new General Manager for the Chicago Bears. The team has struggled to find a franchise quarterback for decades. The closest we have seen is Jay Cutler and we all know how well that worked out. It is now your responsibility to put together the best team possible in order to make a push for the playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl.
You do, however, take over a team that has an elite defense. The team is anchored by Khalil Mack, one of the best pass rushers in the league. He had a “down” season last year with 8.5 sacks. However, the defense is pretty good even if Mack was not here in Chicago. In fact, in 2017, the team was seventh in the league with 42 sacks. This was the season before the Mack trade. In 2018, Mack’s first year in Chicago, the team finished third with 50 sacks.
I am not giving you this information to say that the team would be better without Mack. Honestly, the forced fumbles and the pressures that Mack brings goes beyond sack totals. Looking back at last season, the forced fumbles were about equal and the same goes for Mack’s pressures.
Why do I bring all of this up? Well, recently others were talking about the Chicago Bears trading Khalil Mack straight up for Aaron Rodgers. When we look at the Packers situation, Rodgers now has Jordan Love backing him up. Are we about to see a similar situation with Rodgers as we did with the Brett Favre situation? If the Packers are thinking about moving on from Rodgers, would they listen to a trade offer that involves a special pass rusher like Mack?
Now, remember, this is all hypothetical. This is a type of article I would not normally write without substantiated rumors of a team looking to move on from a specific player. This is what I consider fantasy land, but stranger things have happened in the NFL. In fact, some would say the Khalil Mack trade was straight out of fantasy land. However, when it comes to having a top pass rusher versus having a franchise quarterback, the quarterback is a no-brainer.
Aaron Rodgers has not lived up to expectations the last few seasons
The thing that makes this difficult and interesting all at the same time is the fact Rodgers has not been that top guy for a few seasons. He has not been a top-five quarterback for years and even finds himself outside the top-10 in most statistical categories lately. Have his prior injuries started to catch up to him? Maybe. Is it his age at nearly 37 years old? Doubtful.
What Rodgers does bring to the table is stability. Even though he has not been a top-10 quarterback, he has the talent and ability to be the top quarterback in the league every year. He also should be considered as a top-tier quarterback every year until he truly proves otherwise. With that said, what do you do Mr. (or Mrs.) General Manager?
Do you look to trade away Khail Mack to the Packers knowing you will have to face him twice a year? Rodgers and Mack should play for a similar amount of years throughout the rest of their careers. Do you covet that franchise quarterback and hope your current defense is still good enough to be considered top-10? The other option is hoping Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky finds their way within this offense while the defense continues to carry the team. What do you do?