Rival GM Exposes Bears' Interest in Trading No. 1 Pick

Giants GM Joe Schoen believes the Chicago Bears will listen to trade calls for the No. 1 overall pick.

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After trading Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers last month, all signs point to the Chicago Bears taking USC QB Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

It’s been the worst-case kept secret for a long time since the Bears acquired the Carolina Panthers’ first-round pick last year in the trade for DJ Moore, which turned out to be the No. 1 pick as Carolina finished the 2023 campaign with a 2-15 record.

However, there’s one general manager who doesn’t believe that the Bears will keep the No. 1 pick if the right deal comes along. 

In a piece written about Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, he says that New York Giants GM Joe Schoen believes from his vantage point that all of the teams in the top 3 of the draft are “still open to having a conversation with prospective trade partners.”

Schoen also said, “Nobody is slamming the door,” per Leonard. “Everybody is going to listen. I think No. 1 through No. 3, those teams all traded quarterbacks, and there’s a narrative out there that they may take a quarterback. So we’ll see.”

The Giants GM is not wrong in saying that all those teams will listen about prospective trades as we saw the Bears trade out of the top spot last year. 

That said, it’s hard to envision Chicago moving out of the top spot for the second straight year, especially with needing a starting quarterback after trading Fields. Williams has been billed as one of the best quarterback prospects over the last few years and that is too tempting for the Bears to pass up as their roster is on the verge of competing in 2024.

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