The Chicago Bears exchange one veteran for another, plus draft capital
One of the things the Bears could try and do in a trade for Stafford is shed just a tad bit of salary. In this case, though, it does make sense for both organizations. Detroit is likely going to use their first-round pick on a quarterback now that they have gone public with their seeking to trade Stafford.
Last offseason, Chase Daniel signed in Detroit for three years but the Lions can get out with very minimal damage this offseason if they wanted to. Now, that would require them to see Foles as an upgrade over Daniel. Even if they don’t, the draft haul is respectable here. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that league sources expect Detroit to get “at least” a first-round pick in a deal for Stafford.
Well, the Lions get a first-rounder and then some in this deal with the Bears. Chicago lands Stafford, but it costs them Foles, their no. 20 overall pick this year and a third-round pick next year.
Another rumored team that would be a good fit is the Indianapolis Colts, who have the pick right behind the Bears at no. 21, so the Bears could offer a slightly better trade package if both teams included a first this year.
If Detroit demanded this year’s third instead of next, it would be difficult for the Bears to complete this deal. But, most would still agree that Stafford could be worth it. He’s exactly what the Bears have lacked for years now.