These hypothetical trades are not in order of which ones I like most. That said, this trade makes the most sense to me and would be a great way for the Chicago Bears to improve in 2020. We all know that the Bears run defense has been suspect. In fact, that might be an understatement since they were 16th in Defensive DVOA versus the run heading into Thursday night. Well, we all know how bad they looked versus Ronald Jones Thursday.
Although the run defense improved in the second half, the team is missing Eddie Goldman horribly this season. The team needs a capable nose tackle who cannot only generate a push but also take on multiple blockers to free up the inside linebackers.
The New York Giants are winless in 2020 and could use some additional draft capital heading into 2021. Dalvin Tomlinson is not a big name in the NFL, but he would be a perfect fit for the Bears. Trading a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft to improve the defense in 2020 makes sense. Tomlinson is in the last year of his contract too, which works perfectly with Goldman coming back in 2021. It’s almost like this was set up perfectly.
Nose tackles do not cost much in regards to draft capital and a fifth-rounder should be enough to entice the Giants into sending Tomlinson the Chicago Bears way. Over the last three years, Tomlinson has posted Pro Football Focus run grades of 68.0, 82.7 and 80.0. Signing Damon “Snacks” Harrison made perfect sense, but rumors are he did not want to play in cold weather. Trading for Tomlinson could be a great consolation prize as he had a better 2019 season.