Should the Chicago Bears make this trade with the Cowboys before the 2024 NFL Draft?

Pro Football Network believes the Chicago Bears should trade one of their running backs to the Cowboys to acquire more draft capital in 2024. The move looks good on paper for the Cowboys, but would it benefit the Bears?

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We are a little over a month away from the 2024 NFL Draft. As it stands, the Chicago Bears only have four picks in the draft. Luckily, three of those four are in the top 75. Ryan Poles needs to work some serious magic if he's going to walk away from the draft with more than four prospects.

Should the Chicago Bears select Caleb Williams with the first-overall pick as expected, most anticipate Poles to move down from nine or 75 (or both) to acquire more draft capital. Fans and analysts had expected Poles to land at least one, if not two draft picks when they traded Justin Fields. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Ryan Poles chose to do right by Fields and sent him to Pittsburgh for a future sixth-rounder as opposed to one in the upcoming draft. Reports are there were other offers with greater returns, but Poles put Fields first.

Should the Chicago Bears trade Khalil Herbert to Dallas?

Pro Football Network (PFN) recently came up with 10 trade hypotheticals and one of those trades involved the Chicago Bears. Their idea was for the Cowboys to call up Ryan Poles and convince him to send Khalil Herbert to Dallas for a 2024 sixth-round pick (216).

PFN's reasoning for the move is that Dallas lost Tony Pollard this offseason to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans signed Pollard to the same deal that the Chicago Bears gave to D'Andre Swift — three years, $24 million. The Cowboys don't have a great amount of salary cap space to work with and the free-agent runningbacks still available aren't much to look at. PFN thinks trading for Khalil Herbert could solve the Cowboys' running back problem while not breaking the bank since Herbert is still in the last year of his rookie contract and due only a little over $1 million in 2024.

Is netting a sixth-rounder this year worth trading Herbert? The answer is no. Even with Herbert not likely to return in 2025, having him as a backup to D'Andre Swift and Roschon Johnson seems ideal. Herbert was a sixth-rounder himself, but anything less than a fifth-rounder seems like a waste for Chicago. Dallas could easily sign someone like Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Marlon Mack, or Joshua Kelley in free agency for relatively the same price as Herbert. Herbert is better than any of those three, but why would Chicago weaken their running back group just to have to sign one of these guys instead?

What might look great on paper for Dallas, looks bad for Chicago. D'Andre Swift has an injury history. Roschon Johnson missed multiple weeks due to a concussion. Herbert has also struggled with injuries at times. Having all three on the same roster makes the Chicago Bears better in 2024.

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