Chicago Bears Rumors: 3 big trades that aren’t too late to make

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The Chicago Bears could go for one more swing at a veteran quarterback

One of the most intriguing teams leading up to the draft is the Atlanta Falcons. Having the fourth overall pick, the Falcons will need to make some big decisions. Obviously, their offense is good enough to compete on a weekly basis.

Between Calvin Ridley, Julio Jones and Hayden Hurst, accompanied by new running back Mike Davis, quarterback Matt Ryan has plenty of weapons. The Falcons can score points. However, the issue hasn’t been on offense with them. It’s been on the defensive side of the ball. If Atlanta truly wanted to enter into a futuristic game plan, they could still trade Ryan while picking a quarterback at pick no. 4, and stacking up on defensive guys and some offensive linemen with the picks they get in return.

In this deal, the Bears send their first rounder this year, first rounder next year, and a third-round pick in each of the next two drafts in exchange for Ryan. Make no mistake: this is a huge gamble by the Bears.

Ryan’s cap hit is roughly $27 million this season, but then jumps up to a whopping $48 million next year and $43 million in 2023. One would think the Bears could convert a lot of that money into bonus and thus help move around the cap hit, lessening it a bit.

With Ryan under center, though, the Bears are immediately a Super Bowl contender. Still possessing quality pieces at every level on defense, the Bears would have everything they need, aside from maybe a couple of holes they could fill in the draft or via veteran free agents.