The 2022 Chicago Bears are clearly not going anywhere in terms of post-season play, but if you’re only learning that after Week 6, I’m confused about what you were looking at the entire offseason. The new regime led by Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus removed the high-profile players from the previous seasons that did not fit their schemes and timeline — including Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, and Akiem Hicks, among others.
In doing this, the Chicago Bears are currently a young and inexperienced team. Many starters are players on rookie deals or stop-gap starters that will likely not be a part of the team’s future. However, there are still a handful of players on this current Bears team that have real value across the league and could be moved before the NFL Trade Deadline (November 1).
What moves should the Chicago Bears make before the Trade Deadline?
While these players are generally talented and may deserve a second or third contract from the Chicago Bears, other teams that are closer to immediate playoff contention may be willing to send valuable draft capital which could fuel the Bears’ rebuild in the coming seasons.
Draft picks are crucial for the Bears’ future, and while the defense has some elite-caliber players, the main goal should be to hoard picks and talent for the offense while we see what Fields can do with dynamic receivers and more consistent offensive line play. At the end of the day, having most of the team’s best players on an average defense while Fields is struggling with little to nothing around him does not set up the future franchise quarterback for success early on.