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

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5. New England Patriots

The New England Patriots appear as if they’re turning the page on 2020 and getting ready to focus on 2021. Year one of life without Tom Brady isn’t going well and the Patriots already have benched Cam Newton and the team is currently in third place in the AFC East.

As crazy of a season as 2020 has been for the Patriots, they do still have some offensive line talent that could interest the Bears. One name that the Bears need to consider calling about? Michael Onwenu, from the University of Michigan, who’s made six starts so far as a rookie in 2020.

Why Onwenu though? He’s a sixth-round draft pick that’s risen to be one of the most intriguing players for the Patriots so far. Injuries have thrust him into the starting lineup and he’s played well to the point where he’s got the makings of being a long-term building block for any team in the NFL.

The compensation for Onwenu could likely be a third-round draft pick. While many would consider this to be a tad bit expensive, especially for a guy who has just six starts, if Onwenu becomes a long-term fixture on the offensive line, the third-round pick that the Bears gave up for him is essentially pocket change.

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The Bears and Patriots have always had intriguing conversations regarding swapping players in trades. And trading for a guy like Onwenu could be the perfect midseason move that both teams make. The Patriots get an additional draft pick to rebuild, while the Bears get someone to solve their offensive line woes both now and in the future.