3 Bears on the Trade Block on Draft Day

What player trades could Ryan Poles make during the 2024 NFL Draft?
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2. Khalil Herbert, RB

The Chicago Bears went out in 2024 NFL free agency and signed former Lions and Eagles running back D'Andre Swift, who will presumably be coming in and taking over all of the RB1 duties.

That could mean a bit of a situation surrounding incumbent RB1 Khalil Herbert, who led all Bears running backs in attempts, yards, and yards per attempt last season. Herbert has proven to be a pretty quality back over the course of his NFL career to this point, which started back in 2021.

Herbert was a sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech who has averaged 4.9 yards per attempt over the course of his first three NFL seasons. At this stage, however, the Bears might need to "do right" by the player and make sure he goes to a situation where he can actually thrive and be featured. Not only is D'Andre Swift expected to get a lion's share of the touches this season, but the Bears have a promising second-year player in Roschon Johnson who was drafted by the current regime.

Herbert is entering a contract year and his value is pretty high. Considering this running back class is not very good on the whole, a player like Herbert might even carry value as high as a 5th-round pick for some teams. It wouldn't be surprising at all to see the Bears trade him away, even just to get him to a situation where he could potentially vie for RB1 duties.