Chicago Bears: 3 wide receiver trades to think about for 2022
By Ryan Heckman
The Chicago Bears could trade for Cincinnati Bengals wideout Tyler Boyd
This offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to pair Ja’Marr Chase with his college quarterback, Joe Burrow, with their first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Chase was college football’s top receiving prospect from this year’s draft and will more than likely turn out to be a star in this league.
Other than Chase, the Bengals also have second-year wide receiver Tee Higgins out of Clemson, who had a very strong rookie season in 2020.
Cincinnati let go of long-time fan favorite A.J. Green because of their youth movement at the position, but they still have Tyler Boyd in the fold. If it’s truly going to be Chase and Higgins going forward, Boyd may feel as though he should get a shot elsewhere.
Boyd is in the middle of a 4-year, $43 million contract, but that deal is voidable next year, leaving the Bengals with just a $2.8 million dead cap hit. Seeing as though Chase and Higgins are the future, it’s tough to think the Bengals will want to finish out Boyd’s deal. If they could get something for him instead of cutting him, they should.
If the Bears traded for Boyd, his contract would also give Chicago flexibility if they wanted to move on from him for any reason. I would think the Bears could end up landing Boyd for a mid-round pick, and more than likely somewhere along the lines of a conditional fourth or fifth.