Chicago Bears: Most compelling trade package for top available quarterbacks
By Ryan Heckman
Matt Ryan would come to the Chicago Bears with Super Bowl experience.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is 35 years old. This is it for him. Atlanta is headed for a rebuild under new head coach Arthur Smith, and Ryan should be given the privilege to compete for a Super Bowl at least one more time.
This is a quarterback who has been at the helm of some prolific offenses over the years but has never quite been able to get over that hump. Losing a Super Bowl in devastating fashion a few years ago, Ryan would love another opportunity at the coveted Lombardi Trophy. For an aging quarterback, though, how far are the Bears willing to push a potential trade package?
The key for the Bears in a deal for a 35-year-old quarterback is not completely mortgaging this year’s draft capital. They’re already without a fourth-rounder, so giving up that No. 20 overall selection should be enough for 2021.
However, looking at next year’s draft, the Falcons would also get a third and sixth-round pick from the Bears, who would be able to keep picks in the first and second round — something they haven’t been able to do in recent years.
Is Ryan worth such a haul? If it means he and these Bears can make a serious run at a Super Bowl this coming season, you bet. However, if age catches up to Ryan and his production dips, this could be a tough trade to look back on. The cost for Ryan should be less than the Stafford deal as Ryan is three years older and comes with a more difficult salary cap to absorb.