Chicago Bears: Most compelling trade package for top available quarterbacks

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Would the Chicago Bears overpay for Jimmy Garoppolo?

In a word: no. The Bears should not overpay for Jimmy Garoppolo, especially because the San Francisco 49ers have been involved in several rumors which have them trading for a quarterback like Matt Ryan. Obviously, Ryan rejoining former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan makes a lot of sense for a team that has one of the top defenses in football when they’re fully healthy.

If the 49ers end up dealing for a quarterback, they will be looking to deal Garoppolo if they can. But, if they cut Garoppolo, they are only on the hook for $2.8 million in dead cap. It’s a minimal loss for the 49ers, but if the Bears wanted to secure what they might view as an answer, they could toss out a mid-round pick.

If the Bears end up not seeing what they want to see in Garoppolo this coming year, then they could cut ties next year with only a $1.4 million hit in dead money.

If Garoppolo hits for Chicago, though, it’s a worthy trade. Just a fifth-rounder for a quarterback that’s been to the big game recently is not a bad price to pay. In his last full, healthy season, Garoppolo threw for just under 4,000 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

That’s more than enough for the Bears to compete. If they got that same line out of Garoppolo in 2021, Chicago would be well on their way to a better season than they had in 2020, at the very least.