Trade No. 3: The Chicago Bears may sacrifice too much for Deshaun Watson
This Bears defense is a completely different unit without Akiem Hicks, but that Houston offense will be a completely different unit without Watson. It works both ways — just remember that.
Hicks is the heartbeat of this Bears defense, no doubt. He’s the guy who brings the fiery, fierce, and nasty competitive nature on every single down. Without Hicks in the game, Chicago’s defense takes a huge hit, especially in defending the run. But, if it meant being able to see Watson in a Bears uniform, Chicago should have his exit papers ready at the drop of a hat.
Don’t get it twisted. Losing Hicks would be a monumental blow to the defense, but they would survive. Chicago now has a quarterback who can lead this offense to 30 points week-in and week-out.
When have you ever been able to say that about a Bears quarterback? Go ahead — I’ll wait.
Watson immediately makes this Bears team a Super Bowl favorite. Being able to keep the majority of this core together, including Mack, Smith, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller is a huge win. Giving up Hicks should not even be a question.
Now, balk all you want at the pair of first-rounders and an additional second-rounder, but if it means Watson launches the Bears into the Super Bowl conversation, it’s all worth it. Nothing else matters at this point except for winning, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a combination of rookies in the next two drafts who will be able to swing a win total like Watson would for Chicago.
Bring Watson to the Bears, no matter what. That should be the mission if this report ends up being concrete. If Watson wants out, Ryan Pace should already have the phone lines ringing off the hook in Houston.