Chicago Bears: Five teams to trade with at the trade deadline

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1. Atlanta Falcons

No matter what anyone tells you, the Atlanta Falcons have already started looking ahead to 2021. They fired their general manager and head coach earlier in the season and continue to lose games. With a full-on rebuild for the Falcons coming, Pace will lose next to nothing by calling Falcons CEO Rich McKay.

Besides a rebuild, the Falcons are also expected to have salary cap issues in 2021 due to large contracts dedicated to big names like Julio Jones and Matt Ryan, who the Bears aren’t going to trade for.

One name that is expendable on the Falcons, however, is Guard James Carpenter. At 31 years old, Carpenter would be a perfect addition for the Bears offensive line. He’s got some experience playing in a Super Bowl, has played in 119 career games, and wouldn’t cost much. While Carpenter is under contract until 2022, the Bears could cut him during the 2021 offseason and save about four million dollars.

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The point here is that the Bears add some veteran experience to the offensive line for a day three draft pick, while the Falcons unload a veteran contract and give a younger player on the roster a chance to step up and get some valuable reps.