As the NFL season marches onward through October, the window is closing for all 32 teams to adjust their final rosters via the trade market. With the deadline itself set for Halloween day, many teams will be deciding whether or not to go all in for a Super Bowl run this year, and while the Chicago Bears likely will not be participating in postseason play this winter, the team may still have a strong presence in the deadline deals to come.
Last season, the Bears were heavily involved at the trade deadline, although the results so far have been less than ideal. While the team was able to turn veteran edge rusher Robert Quinn into a 2023 fourth-round pick (which eventually turned into Cincinnati receiver Tyler Scott), the Bears ultimately wasted a top 32 pick in last year's draft on receiver Chase Claypool, who has already been traded away, and they even traded away defensive leader Roquan Smith, which in turn allowed the Bears to draft Gervon Dexter and Noah Sewell, as well as opening up the space to acquire Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards in free agency.
This year, it seems unlikely that the Bears will be as involved at the deadline, although general manager Ryan Poles has made it clear that he is trying to build this roster in his vision and on his timeline. Hopefully, Poles recognizes that this team is not one player away from making a run, and can restrict himself to making productive, long-term moves, but there are multiple players that the team should be in on, and the Bears even have a couple of players on their roster that they should keep the phone lines open for.