As painful as it sounds, the Chicago Bears could trade Khalil Mack
The final option could be that the Chicago Bears move on from Khalil Mack. Mack is still a dominant pass rusher in the NFL, but he too is getting up there in age. Another team that is more stable on offense, but has some room within the salary cap could be an option to take on Mack’s contract.
The Chicago Bears probably would not get two first-round draft picks, but they’d get at least one. What if the Jacksonville Jaguars draft Trevor Lawrence first overall (that’s a sure bet), and then trade their 2021 second-round pick and 2022 first-round pick to the Bears for Mack? That gives the Bears the first pick in the second round this season and an extra first-round pick in 2022.
The Bears could then draft the best offensive tackles available or use one of the second-round picks to move up and select a quarterback like Zach Wilson, Trey Lance or Mac Jones (depending on how the draft is falling into place).
If the Bears are not thrilled with a quarterback option, then focusing on the offensive line and wide receiver with the first three picks would be ideal, take a guy like Jamie Newman or Kellen Mond later in the draft, and then turn to 2022 to draft a better quarterback prospect since the team would have their own 2022 first-round pick and the Jaguars 2022 first-round pick.
No matter what this team decides to do this offseason (I have a feeling they try and run it back as much as possible), the Chicago Bears must find a way to improve the offense. Scoring 30-plus points per game needs to become a regularity. This is the way the NFL is transitioning and unless the offense can become more efficient, none of these players will matter in 2021 and all of them essentially become expendable.