Chicago Bears: 3 players to deal before 2021 trade deadline

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The Chicago Bears should consider trading running back Tarik Cohen

At the moment, we still have no real update on running back Tarik Cohen. However, if he is to return in the near future, he would be worth attempting to trade. The Bears should only be without David Montgomery for a little while, and Damien Williams has proven to be a strong backup option.

Rookie Khalil Herbert is also worthy of some snaps in Montgomery’s place, so the Bears should be okay without their starter for the time being. When Cohen returns, it’s easy to see why the Bears would be fine trading him. The running back room is crowded when everyone is healthy.

Cohen also developed a bad habit of not running forward over the past couple of years, whether it be on punt returns or running the ball. He’s almost reminiscent of late-career Devin Hester, dancing around too much instead of just making one cut and running.

Trading Cohen would also make sense in order to get some cap relief over the next couple of years. Next season, Cohen counts over $5.7 million against the cap and $7.5 million in 2023. That’s far too much for an inconsistent backup running back. The Bears should try and get whatever they can in return for him right now, assuming his health is no longer in question in the near future.