3 trades the Chicago Bears should pursue after NFL Draft

The draft is over ... what's next?
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The Bears should go after Bengals pass rusher Trey Hendrickson

Just a few days ago, Cincinnati Bengals pass rusher Trey Hendrickson requested a trade. He is due $15 million this coming season but wants a longer, more secure deal that pays him what he feels he deserves. The Bears, meanwhile, traded back into the fifth round in order to draft Kansas edge rusher Austin Booker. But, they didn't use any of their prized draft capital on a pass rusher, nor have they signed any impact free agents at the position.

Chicago should make a run at Hendrickson, who is in the thick of his prime and coming off a season that saw him tally 17.5 sacks.

Trey Hendrickson trade

In this deal, the Bears give up a pair of second rounders in effort to land one of the top pass rushers in the league right now. Hendrickson is 29 years old and riding three-straight Pro Bowls. He would look mighty fine opposite Montez Sweat, with Booker potentially being that third guy in line.

The Bears still have an additional second-round pick in 2025 thanks to Carolina, but in this trade they would be sending over one of their own and keeping Carolina's pick.