For a few days now, Chicago Bears fans have been obsessed with the team’s notching the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
It’s all the fans can talk about — and rightfully so. This has not happened for decades.
While there are some who want to bring up the idea of trading Justin Fields and drafting Alabama’s Bryce Young, that’s not the most likely scenario for Chicago. Instead, the Bears will plausibly trade the pick to the highest bidder in exchange for a haul of picks they can use to build around Fields and into that defense as well.
One of the more ideal trade candidates just became abundantly clear on Thursday, as Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr posted a sincere goodbye via his Twitter.
The Las Vegas Raiders are officially a likely trade destination for the Chicago Bears’ number 1 pick.
The longtime Raiders quarterback knew his time was up when head coach Josh McDaniels opted to sit him for the team’s final two games of the regular season. In fact, Carr took a leave from the team after he learned he would be inactive during those contests.
Now, the Raiders have a gigantic hole to fill under center. They need to establish a plan, and in a hurry, because there’s a good chance Davante Adams is a bit ticked off about this entire situation.
Adams and Carr were college teammates and have been close friends for years now, and Carr’s leaving undoubtedly casts a bit of doubt on Adams’ immediate future as well.
For the Raiders to keep Adams happy and commit to winning football games, drafting Bryce Young could do the trick. The Raiders own this year’s no. 7 overall pick, which would be the starting point for Chicago in any trade.
A likely package from Vegas’ side would be something along the lines of: no. 7, 2023 second-round pick, 2023, third-round pick, 2024 first-round pick, 2025 first-round pick. The Raiders might even be forced to throw another second or third rounder in there in order to become the highest bidder.
For the Bears, a situation like this is gold. We already know the Houston Texans own the no. 2 and no. 12 picks in this year’s draft and could be a prime trade candidate, along with teams like Indianapolis and Carolina, among others.