Sam Darnold to the Chicago Bears could make sense
In his time with the Chicago Bears, Ryan Pace has not traded players much as he mainly has traded for draft picks by normally trading up. He has traded away seventh-round picks for players like Dontrelle Inman or Eddy Pineiro, but he additionally traded away plenty of picks for All-Pro outside linebacker Khalil Mack. It’s not Pace’s M.O. to trade away picks for players.
But, maybe in this case it could be good. Quarterback Sam Darnold of the New York Jets has been under fire as the Jets are now 0-5, but it really isn’t his fault. Darnold doesn’t have a good offensive line as the Jets are ranked currently 26th in run blocking and 22nd in pass blocking according to Football Outsiders.
Outside of the offensive line, highly-paid running back Le’Veon Bell has missed a lot of time due to injury. Their wide receiver core has their problems as well as seemingly everyone is hurt. Rookie Denzel Mims still hasn’t practiced or played, Breshad Perriman played the first two weeks but has been hurt since. His main target, Jamison Crowder, missed a few games with injury as well.
Darnold injured his shoulder as well and missed the Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He is only week-to-week with a shoulder sprain. He has struggled in 2020, to say the least. He currently has only a 59.42 completion percentage for 792 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. His passer rating has only been 70.7.
So, why trade for Sam Darnold?