Chicago Bears did not miss out on a Trent Brown trade

Chicago Bears - Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Many might be wondering why the Chicago Bears were not involved in the Trent Brown trade. This is especially true after seeing what the Patriots gave up to get Brown. It was reported that the New England Patriots are sending a 2022 fifth-round pick to the Raiders in return for Brown and a 2022 seventh-round pick.

The thing is, do not confuse Trent Brown for Orlando Brown. The Chicago Bears did not miss out on anything despite some fans’ reactions today on social media. Trent Brown is nearly 28 years old. He was a seventh-round draft pick in 2015 and has now played for three teams (49ers, Patriots and Raiders). This will be his second stint with the Patriots. Orlando Brown is only going to be 25 years old and he is a former third-round pick who made the Pro Bowl the last two years.

Trent Brown is not the upgrade at offensive tackle the Chicago Bears need

The Chicago Bears need to upgrade their offensive line — mostly at the two tackle positions. However, Brown would not be an upgrade. In fact, bringing back Germain Ifedi would be the equivalent of having Trent Brown on the line.

In 2020, Brown did not allow a sack and only committed one penalty. However, he only played on 282 snaps. Compare that to Ifedi who played on over 1,000 snaps and only gave up two sacks. Brown finished with a slightly better Pro Football Focus (PFF) grade than Ifedi. In Brown’s only season with the Patriots (2018), he allowed three sacks and committed nine penalties in nearly the same amount of snaps as Ifedi saw in 2020 with the Bears.

The Chicago Bears made a cost-cutting move by releasing Bobby Massie this week. No one should be shocked by this move. To date, the Chicago Bears have released Buster Skrine and Bobby Massie. Both were cut-candidates that we predicted to take place this offseason.

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Although it does not seem like the Patriots gave up much for Trent Brown, he was not worth the draft capital. The Chicago Bears have plenty of holes, one main one being at quarterback. The team cannot send fifth-round picks for a player that is no better than Bobby Massie. If Ryan Pace wants to make a splash at offensive tackle, then Orlando Brown is the guy to be trading for. The problem is that he will not come as cheap Trent Brown just did — think at least a second-rounder.