Chicago Bears edge rusher Montez Sweat leads two teams in this key area

Is the Montez Sweat trade worth the draft capital and new contract? The fact that he's leading both the Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders in sacks says it all.

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Chicago Bears edge rusher Montez Sweat is going off this season. He currently leads two teams in sacks.

Sweat nabbed 6.5 sacks with the Washington Commanders before being traded to the Bears on Halloween. Since joining the Monsters of the Midway, he's brought in 6 sacks in just six games, bringing his season total to 12.5 sacks, a career-high.

This is the first time Sweat has eclipsed 10 sacks or more in a season in his career.

A rare feat, Sweat can lead two teams in sacks after a trade brought him from Washington to the Windy City.

Sweat has made an immediate impact since joining the Bears. Their record was 2-6 before the trade and they're 3-3 since cutting a deal for Sweat. The Bears' defense has forced 11 turnovers in their last four games, including nine interceptions, according to the Bears' official website. No team has forced more turnovers during this span. Without Sweat's pass rush and presence, it's difficult to imagine the Bears' defense making this turnaround.

Bears head coach Matt Eberflus loves it when his defense gets turnovers. It was one of his strengths as a defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts. The Bears have been able to get it done with Sweat in the lineup.

A lot of praise should go to Bears general manager Ryan Poles for making this trade possible. The trades involving Robert Quinn, Roquan Smith and Chase Claypool produced below-average results.

However, the return they've gotten for Sweat makes this trade look like a winner. It's Poles' second successful trade--the first was sending away the No. 1 overall pick to the Carolina Panthers for a bunch of picks and wide receiver D.J. Moore.


Sweat is locked up with the Bears for a long time. He signed a four-year $98 million deal shortly after the trade was made.