Are The Bears Trading For Cam Newton Or Matt Ryan?
Are the Chicago Bears trading for Cam Newton or Matt Ryan?
Given how little production the team has received from the quarterback position over the past two months, they don’t appear to have much of a choice.
Following Chicago’s latest embarrassing loss to their conference rival New Orleans Saints, they now sit at 3-3 on the season –good enough for third place in the NFC North.
Given that most believed the Bears were a quality kicker away from competing for a championship this year, tensions in Chicago are understandably high.
Mitchell Trubisky is clearly not the answer – but will anything be done about it?
In the aftermath of the Saints game, former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi said that Chicago head coach Matt Nagy must upgrade at the quarterback position.
“If the Bears don’t make a trade for a quarterback, Nagy will lose his job within a year, and the team will never reach its full potential,” Lombardi wrote on Monday.
“That is not a mere guess, but a statement that has been backed up by NFL history and the experience of being in the NFL for so long. ”
Lombard did not stop there, though.
“Making a trade might be hard internally because General Manager Ryan Pace has put his career on the line by making the move to bring Trubisky to Chicago.
“He traded assets to move up one spot in the draft, and it will be hard for him to admit that Trubisky cannot play.
“But he cannot let his ego get in the way of doing what is right. Teams cannot solve a problem if they don’t admit they have one, and Pace needs to stop lying to himself and others about his evaluation of Trubisky.
“The time has come.”
So if the Bears ultimately decide to make a move at the quarterback position, what are their options?
Well, the Carolina Panthers have made it clear that even when Cam Newton returns to full health, Kyle Allen is their guy.
Obviously being undefeated with Allen as the starter is a big driver in that decision, but Carolina’s reluctance to return to Newton should not be seen as an indictment on the former MVP’s skills.
Newton, when healthy, is still a very capable NFL quarterback – and would certainly be an upgrade over Trubisky.
It just so happens that, at the moment, Allen is providing everything Newton would likely provide this team, just at a fraction of the price.
The decision would be as much financial as anything else.
If not Newton, the Bears could also pursue Matt Ryan.
On Tuesday, The Atlanta Falcons traded wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots.
At 1-6 on the season, Atlanta is clearly in rebuilding mode – so they are probably going to be as willing to deal Ryan now as they have been at any time since drafting him.
Obviously Ryan is a little dinged up at the moment, but once he gets healthy, he would be a tremendous upgrade over what the Bears currently have at quarterback.
Heck, he might even be an upgrade in his current injured state.
Will the Bears ultimately make a move for Newton or Ryan?
That remains to be seen.