Chicago Bears land J.J. Watt in one of these blockbuster trades

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The Chicago Bears get J.J. Watt on a one-year rental and fork over draft capital

This deal is a bit curious because the Bears would be trading a 2020 free agent signing in outside linebacker Robert Quinn, who may actually end up more comfortable in the Texans’ scheme playing with his hand in the dirt.

Quinn was signed to a 5-year, $70 million deal last year and fans will never let Ryan Pace forget what a horrid mistake that was. Quinn totaled just 2.0 sacks last season, which was by far the lowest total of his career.

If the Texans wanted to move on from Quinn in 2022, he would count as a $9 million cap hit. In 2023, that number drops to $6 million. So, the contract truly is not as horrific as it may look on the surface. Plus, again, he may be more comfortable in Houston.

In addition to Quinn, the Texans get a first-round pick this year — which would be tough for the Bears to swallow giving up. That means Chicago has to go out and somehow land a veteran via trade or bring back Mitchell Trubisky. Chicago may be able to try and flip the picks to opposite years, giving the Texans a first in next year’s draft and a third this year.

Getting rid of Quinn’s contract, though, is a big win. Although, it just highlights how they’re now giving up capital to try and right a wrong made by Pace a year ago.