Chicago Bears: Tight ends to trade for in offseason

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Chicago Bears, 2019 NFL Draft
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As the Chicago Bears continue their offseason, what are a few tight ends they could trade for?

If there’s one position that will need to be under the microscope this offseason for the Chicago Bears, it’s the tight end position. While the Bears are fourth in the NFL in terms of money allocated to the group, it’s no secret that they haven’t gotten any production from the tight end position, especially since guys like Trey Burton will be paid $8.5 million dollars in 2020.

One way that the Bears could address the tight end position is by signing someone like Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper, or Eric Ebron in free agency. However, there are two issues that come with such an approach.

First, the Bears would be locked into a bidding war with other teams that could outbid them easily. And second, paying big money to a tight end hasn’t exactly worked out for general manager Ryan Pace. He’d be a fool to make the same mistake twice.

While the Bears do have two second-round picks, they’ve also got multiple day three picks. With a bit more draft capital than originally projected, the Bears can afford to get creative and add to a position that desperately needs a makeover this offseason.

The ideal scenario for the Bears would be to trade for a young tight end who’s still emerging. A major reason for this is the fact that it would allow for the Bears to develop a tight end that’s an ideal fit in Matt Nagy’s system. Additionally, the Bears would have a young player under contract until at least 2022.

With the Bears offseason just heating up, what are a few tight ends that they should look into trading for? Additionally, what would the Bears need to give up in terms of players, draft capital, or both in order to address the hole at tight end? Let’s examine some names and find out.