The Bears will have an opportunity at this Pro-Bowl pass rusher

A rumored target for the Chicago Bears likely is not a realistic option.

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The Carolina Panthers are expected to place the franchise tag on oft-rumored Chicago Bears' pass-rushing target, Brian Burns.

The Bears have made several overtures at trading for Burns throughout the past couple of seasons. Burns was one of the players that the Bears identified in initial trade talks last off-season, but ultimately settled on wide receiver D.J. Moore as the player portion of the package they received for the first overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.

While the franchise tag for Burns this off-season was always the likely outcome, it's also been reported that the Carolina Panthers aren't continuing contract talks with the two-time Pro Bowler.

It would seem likely that Poles will give the Panthers another call this off-season, considering the need they have along the defensive line. The issue is that the Bears may not have the resources available to pull off such a deal.

It would seem that the Chicago Bears will once again not have a chance at landing Brian Burns.

Short of the Bears dealing away the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, a scenario that doesn't seem likely, it would seem that the team does not have enough first-round picks at their disposal to make a deal that would entice the Panthers to pull the trigger on a trade of Burns.

It's far more likely that the Bears will look toward free agency and the draft to look for the defensive end to place on the opposite side of Montez Sweat. Florida State's defensive end Jared Verse could be a name that the Bears have in mind with the ninth overall selection in the draft, but that is only if the team does not have an opportunity to take Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze.

In free agency, Danielle Hunter is a name that has often been linked to the Bears, but a veteran such as Jadaveon Clowney may have more appeal for the type of contract he would likely command.

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