3. Trade Jordan Howard and sign Kareem Hunt
This could end up being the Bears most surprising moves of the offseason. With Jordan Howard likely on his way out, the Bears will need to find a new featured running back. While some think that Tarik Cohen could play that role, he’s more suited to be lined up as a wide receiver in Matt Nagy’s offense.
Enter Kareem Hunt, who’s set to enter his third NFL season. Hunt makes sense for the Bears on many different levels. He’s familiar with Matt Nagy’s offense, is a perfect fit for it, and would provide a major upgrade over Jordan Howard in the running and passing game.
If the Bears do sign Kareem Hunt, the question now becomes of what to do with Jordan Howard. The obvious answer is to trade him for draft picks and not players. This year, the Bears are slated to just have five picks in the draft. Therefore, the Bears will need to have a reasonable asking price when it comes to trade discussions with other teams.
I’d expect the Bears to start with a second or third-round pick. Both rounds seem to be reasonable at this point. In what is expected to be a weak running back class in the NFL Draft this year, teams may decide that bringing in an experienced player of Howard’s caliber is far more valuable than taking a chance on an unproven rookie running back.