Tuesday morning, the Chicago Bears made their first move before the league's trade deadline.
The Washington Commanders seemed likely to sell pass rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young, and the Bears opted for the former, making a deal to acquire Sweat for a 2024 second-round pick.
Chicago desperately needed help up front at defensive end, and Sweat fits that need perfectly. On the season, Sweat has 6.5 sacks and is pacing for his best season yet as a pro. Previously, Sweat's career-high was 9.0 set back in 2020.
The 27-year-old edge rusher also has 27 total pressures on the year, including 15 hurries.
What do the Chicago Bears do after trading for Montez Sweat?
The Bears filled a big need, but one thing needs to be said: Sweat is in the final year of his contract. Therefore, the Bears absolutely must extend him. The organization wouldn't have traded a second rounder for Sweat if they didn't anticipate they could get an extension done.
It's clear that Sweat is part of this team's future plans, and they will build with him being a cornerstone of this unit. But, beyond extending Sweat on a big deal, the Bears should also focus their interim priorities on a couple of other moves.
Before the trade deadline passes in just a few hours, the Bears should look to try and stay active. Except, Chicago should avoid buying. The only position they needed to buy at the deadline was at defensive end, and they did that. Now, they should focus on making a couple of other moves before it's too late.