3 Bears Most Likely to Be Traded This Offseason

The Bears can cut ties with a few players this offseason and possibly get some compensation in return.

Jan 7, 2024; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Chicago Bears wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. (12) during the
Jan 7, 2024; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. (12) during the / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Cody Whitehair

Whitehair was drafted in 2016 by the Bears, making him one of the longest-tenured players on the team. He will also be 32 in July and has seen his play fall off dramatically since making the Pro Bowl in 2018.

He started the 2023 season at left guard as the Bears had numerous injuries to the offensive line, but was moved back to center once Teven Jenkins returned from injury. He was then benched for Lucas Patrick after multiple snap issues in the first matchup with the Vikings.

Bears fans know how bad Patrick played this season so anyone who was benched in favor of him must have really been underperforming. Per Pro Football Focus, Cody Whitehair was graded at 45.0 on the season – the lowest grade of the entire offense with at least 100 snaps.

He has versatility to play both guard and center which can be something other teams can be interested in as a depth piece. Whitehair’s best days are behind him at this point in his career, but he can provide veteran depth to team perhaps not looking for their guard/center of the future.

We often see contending teams bring in veteran pass rushers or offensive linemen because of injuries, so perhaps a playoff team from this year believes they can utilize Whitehair next. He will be one of the bigger cap hits on the roster come next season so it is likely that if a trade partner is not found that he will simply be released.

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