3 Bears Who Could Be Traded During the NFL Draft

For the first time in the Ryan Poles era, the Bears roster is at a point where they could trade players for draft capital. Here are three potential players the Bears could move on from during the draft this year.
Dec 24, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) walks off the
Dec 24, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) walks off the / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Khalil Herbert

I personally think trading Khalil Herbert is the least likely to happen out of these potential trades, but the idea has been floated out there by some of the Bears faithful, so why not explore the scenario?

After signing D'andre Swift to a three-year $24.5 million deal, the Bears have quite a packed running back room. While that's not a bad thing, they reportedly love second-year running back Roschon Johnson. However, with Herbert still on the team, Johnson is back to being the number three running back.

In order for Johnson to have any major playing time this upcoming season, the Bears would need to ship Herbert off.

If the Bears end up putting Herbert on the trading block, he wouldn't be short of teams interested in him. Throughout three years in the NFL, Herbert has rushed for 1,775 yards, eight touchdowns, and averages 4.9 yards a carry.

While most of Herbert's rushing success came as a backup running back, he has shown the ability to be a reliable starter. In 2023, Herbert played 12 games and rushed for 611 yards, two touchdowns, and averaged 4.6 yards a carry.

Herbert missed five games in 2023 due to an ankle injury he suffered against the Washington Commanders. After returning from the injury, he was less explosive, but by the end of the season, his explosiveness returned.

The final factor to consider in a potential trade is Herbert's rookie deal, which is up at the end of the 2024-2025 season. If the Bears don't plan to resign him, it would be smart to move a player that has value, especially since they like Johnson.

A team would likely be willing to give a third or fourth-round pick for Herbert. The Bears could use that pick to draft a third running back if they felt it was necessary.

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