If you’re a Chicago Bears fan, this offseason probably hasn’t been very fun.
New general manager Ryan Poles has dismantled the Bears’ roster — a necessary exercise to get Chicago’s salary-cap situation under control.
The trade that sent potential future Hall of Fame edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers signaled early this offseason that Chicago wasn’t planning on competing for a division championship in 2022.
While Poles is undoubtedly doing what he thinks will make the Bears contenders in 2023 and beyond, it would still be beneficial for him to give quarterback Justin Fields some help.
As it stands, the Bears’ wide receiver group is among the worst in the NFL.
If Chicago wants Fields to take a step forward in 2022, then they need to give him some more weapons. The current setup isn’t a recipe for success for Fields.
So why not make a trade that helps the Bears in 2022 as well as 2023, 2024, etc?
Poles should make a play for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, a player who wants a new contract and is currently skipping mandatory OTAs (an unexcused absence).
Gave DK Metcalf some new threads. pic.twitter.com/tHZY7UXKii— dave. (@runbackdave) June 9, 2022
Seattle has maintained that they plan to extend Metcalf. But no deal has been made, despite other wide receivers getting mega contracts.
Earlier this offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs said they planned to extend Tyreek Hill. The Green Bay Packers offered Davante Adams a huge contract. And the Tennessee Titans publicly said — via both the general manager and head coach — that they didn’t plan to trade AJ Brown.
All of those wide receivers have since been traded this offseason.
Metcalf is following the same script as those players. It wouldn’t shock me if Seattle comes through and gives him the deal he wants. But it also wouldn’t shock me if he’s traded. I’d say it’s 50/50 at this point.
Metcalf would make Chicago better this season. But more importantly, he could be a key player for a championship run down the road.
The former Ole Miss standout doesn’t turn 25 until December. He’s in the prime of his career and should be for at least the next five to six years. Metcalf would fit perfectly into the Bears’ future plans. Chicago isn’t going to compete for a Super Bowl without an improved wide receiver group. And finding a player like Metcalf in future offseasons won’t be easy. Now is the time to strike if you’re Poles.
Not only would trading for Metcalf make the Bears a better team, but it would excite the fan base and prove to fans that Poles is committed to building a winning team in Chicago.
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