The Chicago Bears put a lot of effort into getting a franchise quarterback this offseason.
Unfortunately, the effort did not produce the desired result.
The team swung for the fence to get Russell Wilson from the Seahawks to no avail.
Former Bears starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky found a new home in Buffalo with a one year contract.
The Bears signed Andy Dalton to a one-year $10 million contract.
This means the Bears have Dalton and Nick Foles on the roster.
If the #Bears end up with Andy Dalton and Nick Foles as their quarterbacks for the 2021 NFL season, especially with all the hype around Russell Wilson, the disappointment would be at a whole new level, even for Bears fans. pic.twitter.com/aSm8K42m66
— Nicholas Moreano (@NicholasMoreano) March 15, 2021
The Bears have bumbled through this free agency, but could they finally get things right by trading draft picks with the Falcons to get one of the young fabulous five quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
They certainly could.
The Falcons have the fourth overall pick in the draft; whereas, the Bears are at number 20.
Atlanta is reportedly receptive to trade offers.
The Falcons could get quite the haul for the No. 4 pick 👀 pic.twitter.com/OvodB8DjDq
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) April 6, 2021
It is not clear who or what offers are being made, but let’s remember that the Bears weren’t shy about offering plenty of draft picks and players for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
About an hour ago DP was told that the #Bears offered Seattle the following for Russell Wilson:
-Three 1st Round picks
-a 3rd Round pick
-2 starters (Was not told who those starters were) pic.twitter.com/lOgH2ZuLVC
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) March 17, 2021
The Bears Could Make This Trade And Get A QB
Though the Bears could do this, it does not mean the Bears will do it.
Foles and Dalton are okay quarterbacks, but if the Bears want to make a leap in the NFC, they need a great quarterback.
Plans to get Russell Wilson fell flat, and Deshaun Watson is likely not going anywhere now.
The 2021 NFL Draft is a quarterback-rich draft.
Not since the 2018 draft when ironically the Bears drafted Trubisky, has there been this much quarterback talent.
It is also worth noting that the quarterback talent in the 2022 NFL Draft is not as strong so waiting a year is not a good strategy.
That means the Bears could and should trade with Atlanta for the fourth overall pick.
There are five quarterbacks projected to go early and fast so two will be left if the Bears leap up to the fourth pick.
- Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
- Zach Wilson, BYU
- Justin Fields, Ohio State
- Mac Jones, Alabama
- Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Drafting one of these young quarterbacks while having Dalton and Foles on the roster actually makes sense.
Why Would The Falcons Want To Trade Down?
Getting a massive amount of draft picks would be the primary motivation for the Falcons.
Because Matt Ryan is not getting any younger (35), it would make sense if the Falcons held on to the number four pick and drafted one of the quarterbacks.
Trading with the Bears would drop the Falcons to number 20 which means they are interested in filling other gaps on the roster beyond quarterback.
The NFL Draft is a leap of faith.
Even if the player is a star in college, it does not mean he will have the same success in the NFL.
Perhaps the Falcons would rather have many draft picks to work with (acquired via the trade) as compared to one high-profile pick.
All of these draft questions will soon be answered since the NFL Draft begins on April 29.