Bears Rumors: 2 moves to make following Montez Sweat trade

Montez Sweat is a Chicago Bear, but what happens next?
Chicago Bears, Montez Sweat
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1. Make good on the Jaylon Johnson trade request

First and foremost, the Bears gave cornerback Jaylon Johnson permission to seek a trade. The timing couldn't have been more tense, either, as the request was made hours before the deadline. Had Johnson made this request weeks ahead of time, it would have given the Bears more time to try and find a suitable trade option for both sides.

The relationship between Johnson and the Bears seems to be severed, now, therefore they need to move him. It is abundantly clear the Bears aren't going to re-sign him in free agency after the season, especially considering the two sides were far apart on a contract extension in recent days. The last thing the Bears want to do is fail to trade Johnson and make for an awkward rest of the year between he and the organization.

If the Bears can move Johnson, they should be able to recoup the second-round pick they sent to Washington for Sweat, making it at least an even swap. If the Bears got a stud pass rusher out of trading Johnson, then dealing a top-end corner is more bearable, no pun intended.