A former second-round pick could be traded by the Chicago Bears in the not-so-distant future.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday afternoon that Chicago has had conversations about trading 2021 second-round pick Teven Jenkins.
The #Bears have received calls and have held trade talks centered around OT Teven Jenkins, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. The former 2nd round pick has drawn interest based on his potential. A situation to watch.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 1, 2022
This doesn’t come as a big surprise.
Jenkins, an offensive lineman out of Oklahoma State, has missed several practices lately.
That might have something to do with his relationship with the new coaching staff in Chicago.
“From what I’m hearing, it’s not a serious injury,” said NBC Sport’s David Kaplan recently. “What I’m hearing is that there’s a high level of disconnect between Teven and the new coaching staff, especially Chris Morgan, the new offensive line coach.”
“As one person who would know close to the team said to me, ‘He’s their most talented lineman,’” added Kaplan. “But I’m also hearing he’s wildly immature.”
Jenkins, who has been receiving second-team reps lately, has the talent to be a starting offensive tackle in the NFL. But for whatever reason, he hasn’t connected well with the new coaching staff.
And since the Bears also have a new general manager, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them move on from a player they didn’t draft.
If Jenkins doesn’t fit in with Chicago’s culture, then making this move is a no-brainer. It might seem a little quick to move on from a 2021 second-round pick, but if the Bears don’t see him as a long-term piece that fits in with their vision, then there’s no need to wait.
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