5 in-season moves Bears can make to start preparing for 2024

Is the season over already in Chicago?

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2. Trade Darnell Mooney

Far prior to the Bears moving Chase Claypool, I was under the assumption that Chicago should trade one of them and extend the other, as both are out of contract in 2024. Now, with the way the season is going, the idea of trading Darnell Mooney becomes more and more appealing.

One of the biggest deciding factors in doing so is the idea that Chicago could wind up with both the first and second overall picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. That gives them the ability to draft a Caleb Williams and Marvin Harrison Jr. duo back-to-back. With Harrison and D.J. Moore, Mooney would be an afterthought; a pricey afterthought, too.

Moore is the clear WR1 for the Bears, and wide receiver is a position the team can always find depth at next offseason, too, regardless of whether or not they draft Harrison. Mooney is a very good WR2 option for a contending team. Think about the possibilities of Mooney on a team like the Chiefs, who don't even have an established WR1 at this point.

If the Bears can get a third or fourth-round pick for Mooney, they should absolutely make it happen.