Earlier in the season, the Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders played each other in a good game. It was a rare Chicago Bears win and one that ended the long double-digit losing streak. Since then, the two teams have been engaging in trade talks.
On Tuesday morning, a report came out that suggested that they would be making a trade for a defensive end. The Bears get no pressure on the opposing quarterbacks which was a big issue in their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football.
This is trade deadline day and the Bears made a move. They acquired Montez Sweat from the Washington Commanders after weeks of conversations with them. The deal is Chicago sending a 2024 second-round pick to Washington in exchange for Sweat.
This is a move that improves the defensive line for the Bears. As mentioned before, they needed to make a move like this for a lot of reasons. They aren’t winning this year but they can start to turn the corner and head into the off-season with some momentum.
The Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders made a huge trade on Tuesday.
The Chicago Bears are ready to weaponize their NFL-leading cap space and this move is only the beginning for Ryan Poles and his staff. He went out and got his guy which he so often likes to do.
This is the second year in a row that Poles traded a second-round pick on deadline day. In 2022, one was sent to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Chase Claypool who is already off of the Bears because he was terrible. Hopefully, Sweat turns out to be much better than that.
Sweat was a first-round pick (26th overall) by Washington in 2019 and he has become a great player. He is in the last year of his contract so the Bears will have to get that taken care of at some point. They wouldn’t have traded a second for him if they didn’t think that they could do that.
Again, Sweat isn’t going to save the franchise all by himself but this is a very nice piece for Ryan Poles to insert right now. We have to hope that he can make an immediate impact on his new team and make the trade worth it.