4 Defensive ends the Chicago Bears could trade for to fix their pass rush in 2023
The Chicago Bears could trade for Carl Lawson
Could the New York Jets be forced to move on from Carl Lawson? The team just signed Lawson to a three-year deal in 2021. Lawson lost his 2021 season to an Achilles injury but bounced back in a big way in 2022. He is about to turn 28 and is entering the last year of his contract. Although the Jets head coach Robert Saleh has made it known he would like to keep Lawson on the roster, we know not everything is that simple. Ryan Poles should contact the Jets and see if they'd take a third-rounder in 2024 for Lawson.
Carl Lawson is coming off of a seven-sack season. In 2020 with the Bengals, he finished with 5.5 sacks. Over 31 career starts, he has 27 sacks. Lawson would be a huge upgrade to the Chicago Bears depth chart, but I'm not sold on him truly being available. I am also not too sure that Ryan Poles would trade for an aging defensive end unless that pass rusher had elite success.
As good as Lawson has been throughout his career, he has yet to hit double-digit sack totals. This is why, I would not give up anything more than a third-round pick for Carl Lawson. Anything earlier would be an overpay in my opinion and would make Poles look more like Ryan Pace. I'd rather see the team add a guy like Yannick Ngakoue or Frank Clark off the street than spend too much draft capital on a mid-level pass rusher.