The Chicago Bears could look to trade some veteran talent in an attempt to acquire future draft picks.
In the midst of a rebuild, it seems like the Chicago Bears would be willing to trade some of their older players for future assets (i.e. draft picks). Despite being 3-13 in 2016, the team did have some individual players who performed admirably and could be seen as good trade chips.
So, let’s take a look at some players who could return a nice package if the Bears decided to move them.
Note: Players with less than four years of experience will not be considered, as they still could be “building blocks” for the team.
Jerrell Freeman, LB
Freeman’s stock took a bit of a hit when he was suspended four games for PED use last season, but he still could bring the team a third- or fourth-round pick. Freeman is getting older (31), but he still brings it on the field. His coverage ability is underrated, and he’s a tackling machine. He also is a good player in the locker room, and would make a great acquisition for a team with Super Bowl aspirations in 2017.
Willie Young, LB
Young had a great start to the 2016 campaign, but his play tailed-off as the season went on. Despite this, Young still competes and shows stretches of brilliance. He likely wouldn’t be worth more than a fifth- or sixth-round pick, but he’s a nice rotational player who could serve a critical role on a playoff-bound team.
Akiem Hicks, DL
Hicks’ arrow is definitely pointing up, and it would be wise for the Bears to sign him to a contract extension. However, if the Bears feel like a deal cannot be done, they would be smart to move the free-agent-to-be for…
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