Chicago Bears: Trade packages for Trai Turner

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Chicago Bears, Bilal Nichols
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Trade Package #2

The Carolina Panthers currently boast an aging defensive line. Keeping that thought in mind, former fifth-round draft pick Bilal Nichols fits the bill as a player that could pique the interest of both Marty Hurney and Matt Rhule.

Nichols had a strong showing in his rookie campaign, accumulating 3-sacks and 28-total tackles. However, the Delaware product stalled out the gate last season but was able to perform well when Chicago lost defensive stalwart, Akiem Hicks. Will Nichols alone be enough to entice Carolina to send the services of Trai Turner to Chicago? Not quite.

It’s my opinion that the Bears would have to pair Nichols with a 2021 third-round pick in order to haul in the talents of Turner. The Carolina Panthers would most likely prefer a pick in this year’s draft, but unfortunately, the Bears do not hold a third-round pick come Draft Day 2020.

Self admittedly, pushing the draft pick back to 2021 would benefit the Bears, as they currently don’t select until pick 43 in the upcoming draft. With that being said, there is one asset that the Carolina Panthers would receive in this deal that would be more valuable than Nichols or a mid-day draft pick… Cap space.

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Newly hired Head Coach Matt Rhule has explicitly stated that this rebuild is going to be thorough and lengthy. What better way to kickoff that restructuring than acquiring a young asset, draft capital and cap room? Time to make the call, Ryan Pace.