3 trades to make Bears championship contenders in 2023

Most think the Chicago Bears are still a ways away, but these trades could change things

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This season, we're going to see a much-improved Chicago Bears team.

Justin Fields, in Year 3, should take a huge jump now that he has better protection and some weapons around him. The defense has been improved drastically, too.

Although trade season is pretty much over, the Bears do have a couple of spots that could be upgraded along with one major need to be addressed. For fun, we thought we'd put together three particular trades that the Bears could make in order to launch this franchise further up the ranks and turn them into a contender in 2023.

Trade Number 1: The Bears land a top-10 guard

Onwenu Trade

The Bears figure to be going back to Cody Whitehair at center this year, with Nate Davis and Teven Jenkins at guard. Lucas Patrick is also still there, and could compete with Jenkins for that spot. However, if the Bears went out and traded for Michael Onwenu, whom Pro Football Focus has as the league's sixth-best guard in football, the offensive line would be even more fortified.

Onwenu earned a highly impressive grade of 83.1 in the pass blocking department last year, and that's where the Bears struggled the most. Keeping Justin Fields upright is priority number one within this offense, and Onwenu would upgrade that position in a big way.

Maybe, the Bears throw in Jenkins here as well, or even Patrick instead. Regardless, the Patriots have to know they're going to be stuck in mediocrity for a while behind Mac Jones and could look to stack picks for the future. The Bears, meanwhile, are trending upward and Onwenu makes this offensive line much, much stronger.