1. What would Teven Jenkins get the Chicago Bears in a trade?
As we noted when discussing Cody Whitehair, the offensive line will be better than it was last year, but it is not locked in yet. This starts with the competition at center. What if the team is comfortable with Lucas Patrick starting and Doug Kramer took the step to be a trusted backup?
Yes, they could move on from Cody Whitehair, but the salary is a big deal for this specific team, and he did start at left guard last season. So, for continuity, it actually would make sense if Patrick won the center job, Whitehair stayed at left guard, and the team feels they upgraded at right guard from Teven Jenkins to Nate Davis.
This would leave Teven Jenkins out once again. At some point, we must realize that as much as we like Teven Jenkins and are optimistic, the coaching staff feels the opposite. they tried him at left and right tackle. They had him at right guard, but only after they had him rotate with an injured Lucas Patrick. And of course, the first thing they do in the offseason on the line is sign a right guard and move him again. They do not feel he is a long-term option, and they will slot him wherever they have a need.
So, if they have all five spots locked up, and Jenkins is not one of them, the question is, do they trade him? He is still in year three, and his value is higher now than it was last season. Teams need an offensive line badly, and if a different team values him the way Ryan Pace did and not the way Ryan Poles does, then Poles will get a trade offer.
Do not lock Teven Jenkins into the starting lineup, or the roster, just yet.