Chicago Bears: These shocking trades could flip the NFC North
By Ryan Heckman
Trade No. 3: The Chicago Bears get in on the action and find their quarterback
Obviously, the Packers are set. That means the Bears would have to get in on the trade action to try to flip the standings around. It’s everything fans have talked about for a long time now. This team is a quarterback away from seriously competing, and adding a veteran quarterback might be the best way to get to the next level.
There could be a few veteran quarterbacks who become available this offseason, and one of the better options for the Bears, all things considered, is the Las Vegas Raiders’ Derek Carr.
Other options include the previously mentioned Stafford or Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, but Carr could be the best fit mostly because his contract is the most tradable. It’s the most affordable out of them all, and the Bears would not have to shed a bunch of salaries to make the move.
Carr has two years left on his deal, and this year he has a cap hit of roughly $22 million; next year is just under $20 million.
Adding Carr would also cost the Bears less in a trade than another quarterback would. If the Raiders wanted to move on and draft their guy for the future, they likely wouldn’t even need a first-round pick in a deal for Carr, which means the Bears would not only add a quality starter but also be able to draft an offensive tackle at pick no. 20.
Carr makes the Bears an instant NFC North contender and a sure-fire NFC contender next year, but would Pace consider trading for another veteran? We’ll see.