Chicago Bears: 3 long-shot trades for Julio Jones

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Trade No. 1: The Chicago Bears trade a defensive stud and a pick

In this first trade scenario, the Bears try to alleviate some of the cap hit by sending the Falcons a big part of their defense. This offseason, it was once reported by The Chicago Tribune that the Bears would allow defensive end Akiem Hicks to seek a trade. Ultimately, nothing came of the situation and Hicks stuck around.

But, Hicks’ $12 million cap hit could still remain a problem if the Bears were to make a move for a player like Jones. In this instance, Hicks is dealt to Atlanta, along with a second-rounder, in exchange for Jones.

The Bears would indeed have a big hole to fill if and when Hicks is gone. However, they have already tried planning ahead a little bit. The Bears re-signed Mario Edwards to a 3-year deal and also brought in Angelo Blackson to join the rotation. Should the Bears trade Hicks, they would have a few candidates to step up and play bigger roles.

Meanwhile, the Falcons not only get the pick they are looking for, but a defensive leader who can help adjust the culture on that side of the ball. Atlanta has needed an edge to their defense and mindset, and they certainly get that by adding Hicks. Believe it or not, they finished sixth against the run in 2020 and will only get better after Hicks’ arrival.