The Chicago Bears have an entirely different crew running the show now. With Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy out of town, there is no connection between any of the players and the new staff. Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus have to decide who is worth keeping around and who they need to move on from.
The most intriguing position in terms of decision-making is running back. The Chicago Bears have a very good one in David Montgomery. They took him with their third-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Since then, he became one of the better backs in the NFL.
The unfortunate part for Montgomery is (even though he is awesome) that Matt Nagy was terrible at running the football. Montgomery should have been fed the ball significantly more than he was. Now, that is the past and the team needs to move forward.
With that in mind, the Bears might be smart to move on from Montgomery. This is not because of anything he did. He is awesome but he is going to need another contract soon. At that point, it would be smarter to draft a new running back and pay them less.
The Chicago Bears could be smart to move on from David Montgomery.
The shelf life of a running back is significantly shorter than any other position which makes them hard to pay a lot of money. They also are the most NFL-ready when they enter the draft so they could probably get a great replacement in short order.
The Chicago Bears are a few years away from competing for Super Bowls. They might win a division title or two because the NFC North is so bad but nobody thinks they are competing with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, or Arizona Cardinals in the NFC any time soon.
Because of this, keeping Montgomery might not be the smartest decision. They could get a fair return for him from a team competing for Super Bowl titles right now. The future is the key for the Bears at this stage and they can enhance it by returning picks and players for Montgomery.
If you don’t like the idea just ask yourself if you truly think the Bears will be competing for a title while Montgomery is still a good running back? The answer is probably a hard no. For that reason, it should at least be considered.
In the meantime, the Bears would still be able to have some good play from the running back position. We can only hope that Matt Eberflus and Luke Getsy use that position more efficiently than those who came before them. Tarik Cohen and Khalil Herbert would be just fine in that role for now. It is something to really think about if the right offer calls.