3 trades that have been massive failures by Ryan Poles

The NFL trade deadline did not bring back good memories.
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The 2023 NFL trade deadline saw Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles part with a second-round pick for the second-straight season.

This time, it was former Washington Commanders pass rusher Montez Sweat who was dealt to Chicago in exchange for that pick, and fans have mixed feelings about the deal.

If Chicago extends Sweat, it definitely makes more sense. But, it would still put the pass rusher into his 30's if he received more than a 3-year deal.

This deal for Sweat brings up a healthy topic for discussion, though. Since Poles has taken over, he's made several trades, but not all of them have worked out. Let's look back at three, in particular, which have gone down as massive failures on the Bears' part.

1. Bears trade a sixth-round pick for Dan Feeney

This year's deadline included the Minnesota Vikings trading guard Ezra Cleveland for just a sixth rounder. Cleveland is one of the better overall guards in the league this year, especially if you were to ask Pro Football Focus.

In contrast, the Bears also traded a sixth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for veteran guard Dan Feeney, who has been average, at best, throughout his career. This season, Feeney has played a total of three snaps. The 29-year-old guard has four years on Cleveland, and is no where close to the quality of player the former Viking has been this year.

Yet, the Bears dealt a sixth-round pick for ... seemingly, nothing. It's only a sixth-round pick, sure, but let's not forget a recent sixth rounder being Khalil Herbert. This deal goes down as a total flop.