The Chicago Bears are sitting 1-4 and the team is only 70% to 80% complete according to general manager Ryan Poles. 2024 was always the year that fans should have been holding out hope for when it comes to this team being truly competitive. Too many fans saw the easy schedule and the upgrades to the roster and saw wins -- some even saw double-digit victories. Personally, I had them down for eight. Although that is still attainable, coming up with seven wins over the last 12 when they only won one of five seems like a long shot. One thing that could help is adding more talent.
Last season, we saw Ryan Poles trade a second-round pick for Chase Claypool. That trade did not work out and could cause Poles to be a little more gun-shy at this year's trade deadline. That deadline is on October 31, 2023. Poles was able to salvage a little something by trading Claypool to Miami, but the Claypool trade will go down as one of the worst in Chicago Bears franchise history.
The Chicago Bears could look to add serious talent in a trade
There are many ways to build a contender. Building through the draft is the best way to sustain success, but once you have a solid core of players, free agency and trades can become useful tools as well. Trades also help teams that are looking to rebuild. It's something that Poles did as soon as he arrived and I am still in agreement with that process. Poles sent Khalil Mack to the Chargers, Robert Quinn to the Eagles and Roquan Smith to the Ravens. Poles was tearing things down and is now trying to build things back up.
Well, now rumors are coming out that Denver might be looking to sell off assets as well. The team already traded away defensive lineman Randy Gregory to the 49ers in what was essentially the same type of trade as the Bears made with the Dolphins. The Broncos sent a seventh-round pick and Gregory to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick. Not much of a value in the deal, but the Broncos were able to offload some of Gregory's contract. They also released Frank Clark after failing to land a trade partner.
If Ryan Poles decides to be aggressive at the 2023 NFL trade deadline, the Denver Broncos might be the team to negotiate with if they are indeed looking to start a fire sale. Here are three names that Ryan Poles should consider trading for depending on the cost.