The Chicago Bears should float Akiem Hicks out there on Day 2
Lastly, the Bears should at least try their hand at dealing Akiem Hicks. Hear me out, though, before you get upset.
I love Hicks just as much as the next Bears fan. He’s the sole reason they stop the run. When he’s not on the field, the run defense suffers big time. However, getting him to stay on the field has been a challenge. Since 2018, Hicks’ play has gone down just a little bit, along with his durability.
In 2019, he missed 11 games with multiple injuries. Last year, he played banged up on occasion. The 31-year-old is on the last year of his current contract, too, so if the Bears could get a mid-round pick in exchange for his services, they should think about it.
Let’s say the Bears offered Hicks to a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars. Could the following return be enough for Chicago to let go of him?
In this scenario, the Bears come away with the first pick in the fourth round. For Hicks, not only do I think this is fair value, but the Jaguars also get to see what they have in in the big guy. Maybe Hicks is able to stay healthy and earn one more multi-year contract in the NFL; this time for a franchise on the rise after drafting Trevor Lawrence.
If not the Jaguars, the Bears could float Hicks out there to a contending team for a mid-round pick as well. That might make more sense, quite honestly. But, Pace should shoot for the highest possible return he can get if he is to trade Hicks.