Bears rumors: 5 trades Chicago can make to keep hope alive

Is there a sliver of hope in Chicago?

Chicago Bears, Brian Burns
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5. A trade for Brian Burns, DL, Panthers

Finally, we come to another big one. Like Chase Young, Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns could be on his way out of his current organization. And, like Young, Burns is a a youthful, dominant pass rusher who could be part of this Bears defense for years to come.

The difference between Young and Burns, though, is the fact that Burns has made two Pro Bowls in a row. He is an established pass rusher in this league, while Young is still trying to prove such.

Burns trade

Last year, the Panthers were offered a pair of first-round picks by the Los Angeles Rams, for Burns, and turned it down. That gives you an idea of what he could cost, but at this point, he could cost a bit less considering a new deal would have to get done. Burns is on the last year of his rookie contract.

In 2022, Burns finished with 12.5 sacks and a career-high 22 quarterback hits. This year, Burns has 5.0 sacks, a forced fumble and 15 total pressures through Week 7. At this pace, he very well could top his career-high in sacks from