Bears, Bengals Discussing Joe Burrow Trade?
Are the Bears and Bengals discussing a Joe Burrow trade?
Chicago came into last season as a popular pick to make a deep playoff run. It seems crazy now, but quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was at one point the favorite to win the MVP award.
On paper, it makes sense.
The Bears seemed to boast one of the league’s most formidable defense. Trubisky, in 2018, seemed like a competent game manager and proved himself capable of at least doing just enough not to lose the game for his squad.
Unfortunately, everything fell apart in 2019.
Trubisky regressed badly. The defense eventually got tired of trying to keep its team in games that it would eventually end up losing anyway.
When it was all said and done, the Bears finished the year 8-8 and were not one of the two teams from the NFC North that ultimately made it to the postseason.
This week, former NFL player and current sports radio host Dan Sileo suggested that Cincinnati was currently listening to trade offers for its first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
One of the teams the Bengals were discussing a potential swap with? Chicago.
— Dan Sileo (@DanSileoShow) February 8, 2020
If the Bears really are talking with the Bengals about a trade, that could only mean they are targeting Burrow. There is no other person in the draft worthy of mortgaging assets for to rise up that high.
The big question is: what could general manager Ryan Pace really offer Cincinnati in return for the top overall selection?
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According to Sileo, the Bears are considering trading away Khalil Mack if the right offer comes along.
In 2020, Mack will be in the third season of a six-year deal that pays him more than $140 million.
Next season, in particular, his direct cap hit is $26.6 million.
That is a lot of money, obviously, but if anyone is worth it – it’s the All Pro linebacker.
Presumably the Bears would have to give up Mack and someone like Kyle Fuller in order to get the Bengals to bite.
If that does not ultimately end up being the package, Chicago could also offer its first round pick in 2021.
Would that be enough to get the Bengals to make the swap? IT is hard to say.
Realistically speaking, a lot of teams seem to be able to bring more lucrative offers to the table if Cincinnati really is willing to deal Burrow.
Does that mean a deal definitely will not happen? Of course not. In the NFL, anything is possible.
Is the likelihood of it happening slim, though? Yes, it undeniably is.