1. Chicago Bears Roster: Trade for cornerback Bryce Callahan
The first trade Chicago could explore would help their slot depth tremendously. Right now, either Duke Shelley or Marqui Christian look like they will be the team’s starter there. Christian played very well in the preseason finale, showing he definitely has the ability to step up and play the slot.
However, the Bears could also bring back a familiar face in Bryce Callahan. After Vic Fangio left Chicago for Denver, Callahan followed him there. His first season with Denver was a no-go after a foot injury cost him the entire 2019 campaign. Last year, he played in 10 games for the Broncos as yet another foot injury hampered his 2020 season.
So, with injuries in mind, the Bears couldn’t part with anything higher than a fifth-round pick. If they wanted to, the Bears could offer the higher of the two they have, which would likely end up being the Houston Texans’ pick they acquired in the Anthony Miller deal.
Bringing in Callahan means the Bears have a Day 1 starter in the slot, and just a bit more depth then with Christian and Shelley behind him.
As the Bears’ starting slot for a few years to begin his career, Callahan was one of the very best in all of football. The problem with Callahan has always been injury. So, it would be a gamble. However, it might be a worthy one, because Callahan is a heck of a player when on the field.