3 Moves the Bears Need to Make Next After the Keenan Allen Trade

The Chicago Bears have made some big moves this offseason, including trading for Keenan Allen. What should they do next?

Sep 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles walks laps around
Sep 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles walks laps around / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Sign A Veteran WR on a Low-Cost Deal

Yes, I know they just traded for Keenan Allen and have D.J. Moore on the roster but having enough quality playmakers is always the right answer. Especially since they'll likely have a rookie quarterback under center.

In the modern-day NFL, teams trot out three WRs on the majority of their snaps so adding a third reliable weapon would be a wise decision. Darnell Mooney left town this offense and left a hole in the WR corp.

They don't need to dish out a lot of money because they are paying both Allen and Moore but there are some good veteran options on the market.

Playmakers like D.J. Chark, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Michael Thomas could all be valuable one-year rentals. Grabbing someone like that would open up the offense even more.

3. Draft an Edge Rusher With the No. 9 Overall Pick

The offense is certainly taking shape and the focus should shift over to the defensive side. Chicago struggled to generate pressure in 2023, ranking 31st in the league in team sacks (30).

Montez Sweat was acquired last season but they still need more juice off the edge. The luxury of having two Top-10 picks is massive for the Windy City.

Defensive end Dallas Turner is an intriguing option. Turner has an explosive first step and has the bend to fly around the corner. In his career at Alabama, he recorded 120 total tackles with 22.5 sacks.

Florida State's Jared Verse could be another solid alternative. Verse is a twitchy defender with a knack for rushing the passer at a high level and plays well against the run. Over the past three years, Verse had 92 total tackles and 18 sacks.

Either player lined up across from Sweat could raise the floor of the Bears defense tremendously.

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