Thursday, July 25, 2024

Bears add great pass rush threat in Sweat

The Chicago Bears have traded for Montez Sweat on trade deadline day. The Bears have sent a 2024 second-round pick to the Commanders for the 27-year-old Sweat, who is in the last year of his contract.

The Commanders were expected to part ways with either Sweat, or Chase Young at the deadline, but that’s not to say the players wanted it to happen. After Sunday’s loss to the Eagles Sweat had said, “We’ve really developed a camaraderie, a strong friendship. It would be detrimental to split us up.


On Friday, Commanders HC Ron Rivera had said of the trade deadline, ” People are reaching out, but for the most part, nothing really matters until it gets serious. We’re just going to wait things out. All this is speculation, nobody knows what’s really happening on the outside.”

While it’s understandable for the Commanders to trade Sweat given that Young is a free agent in the off-season as well, and their season is mostly in tatters, the Bears are an odd team to be adding talent.

At 2-6 the Bears season is already done, and they have a lot of issues. Sweat adds a lot to a poor Bears defence that has only 10 sacks, the fewest in the NFL, and 46 pressures, 30th in the league.

But the Bears are a team who should be accumulating picks not giving them away. At the same time as making this trade Chicago has given CB Jaylon Johnson permission to seek a trade. It’s a very Chicago thing to do.

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