Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace will regret trading a haul for Teven Jenkins
The Teven Jenkins situation will drive Bears fans crazy for the next several months, and if he doesn’t come back fully healthy from multiple back injuries, Jenkins’ career might not go as planned. Pace traded up for Jenkins, and he dealt a haul to the Carolina Panthers, giving up the team’s second and third-round picks, along with a sixth rounder (Chicago also acquired a fifth).
Instead of drafting a guy whom they knew had back issues prior to the draft, the Bears had several options. They could have selected Dillon Radunz (Tennessee Titans) at their original pick in the second round, without having to give anything up at all.
If they insisted on trading up, the Bears could have snagged Notre Dame tackle Liam Eichenberg who ultimately went to the Miami Dolphins just three picks after the Bears took Jenkins.
If not Eichenberg, Chicago would have been much better off selecting Texas tackle Samuel Cosmi, who had a phenomenal end to his offseason with the Washington Football Team. Cosmi played strong in the preseason, making Bears fans wonder just what if they had gone that direction instead.
Right now, the Bears could have avoided all the injury hoopla by going in a different direction. Sure, Jason Peters might be a nice bandaid for this season. But, if Jenkins’ injuries linger, the future is going to be tough for the Bears who will need to find another starting tackle.