11 offseason trades that make sense for the Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears should trade for Calvin Ridley
If trading for someone like Jarvis Landry or Amari Cooper doesn’t become a possibility, the better solution would be to try and land Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley. With his situation still up in the air, no one is sure what Ridley’s future holds. However, there has been plenty of speculation pieces written, insinuating that Ridley would prefer a different organization and a fresh start.
At first glance, a second-round pick is precious draft capital to give up for a player with an uncertain future. However, the advantage here is that it’s not until next year’s draft when the Bears do indeed have a first-rounder once again.
If the Falcons wanted draft capital from this year, I think the most the Bears would be willing to give up would be a second-rounder, but only if the Falcons included a late-round pick back along with Ridley.
If the Bears were to land Ridley, they’d be getting a top-15 wide receiver in this league to pair with Darnell Mooney. Ridley is 27 years old and in the thick of his prime, with plenty of viable years left in his future. He was an older rookie at 23, but Ridley has been relatively healthy the majority of his career.
Now, the Bears would have arguably the best route runner in the game with Ridley, and a rising deep threat in Mooney. Filling out the rest of the offense would look far less daunting, then, with a star like Ridley in the fold.