Chicago Bears: Potential trade scenarios for Jordan Howard

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The Chicago Bears are hurting for draft capital this year, and one potential solution would be to trade running back Jordan Howard.

Oh yes, the offseason is in full swing for Chicago Bears fans. We know the offseason all too well, as it has been the mainstay of false hope and excitement for years. This time, though, the hope and excitement is legitimate — and so is the pain.

Still grieving over the heart-breaking loss to Philadelphia, most fans are simply happy the Eagles aren’t in the Super Bowl at this point. They’ll watch the game, but in the back of their minds will still be thinking, “This should absolutely be the Bears taking on Tom Brady.”

But, reality will set in and, after the game it will officially be the offseason for all 32 NFL teams. Right now, though, fans are already looking towards the 2019 season. A recently-inked Bobby Massie is returning on a 4-year deal as the Bears have taken care of a big-time priority in keeping Mitchell Trubisky upright.

Now, it’s on to more interesting matters. What will the Bears do as far as their own free agents? Will Bryce Callahan or Adrian Amos be back? Will the Bears have to choose between the two, only signing one of them?

How about the draft? The Bears are without a first or second-round pick in this year’s draft, limiting the capital they have.

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That brings up the topic of conversation, here. Could the Bears actually trade Jordan Howard this offseason?

While I love Howard, and I think he’s a talented back, the reality is that Chicago could find a better fit while also saving money in the future and acquiring draft capital in the process. You could put a lot of different backs next to Tarik Cohen and, in that system, find success.

What exactly would the Bears require in return? I can tell you this: They’ll be hard-pressed to find a team willing to give up a second or third-round pick for a running back. But, a fourth or fifth? That’s doable. Let’s look at some teams who may be interested in dealing for Howard, should he hit the trade block.