11 offseason trades that make sense for the Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears should trade for Sterling Shepard
Back to the wide receiver position, and there are plenty of trade options for the Bears.
The New York Giants are paying Kenny Golladay a lot of money, so they are committed to him. They drafted Kadarius Toney in the first round last year, and he showed plenty of flashes as a rookie. Lastly, the Giants still have a deep threat in Darius Slayton, with whom Daniel Jones has developed a great relationship.
Then we come to Sterling Shepard, who is due to count $12.5 million against the cap. If the Giants were to cut Shepard, they could save roughly $5 million this year — and that seems like a real possibility.
This will be Shepard’s age 29 season, and injuries have definitely played a part in his career since being drafted. But, a sixth-round pick for a guy who has proven to be a lethal slot receiver when healthy is nothing, especially because the Bears could cut him next year if they needed to, and save $10 million.
This is a low-risk trade that may bring a high reward. Shepard is a stout route-runner and, if he played all 17 games next season, could easily be a 1,000-yard receiver for Justin Fields. Not many people are talking about the fact that New York could move on from Shepard, but they should be. This one is a sneaky deal for Chicago.