The Chicago Bears are extending newly-acquired edge rusher Montez Sweat with a four-year $98 million deal.
The deal makes Sweat the NFL’s fifth highest paid edge by average per year.
Bears GM Ryan Poles, who pulled the trigger on the trade is very happy with his new toy. “We expect him to come here and help our entire team get better,” Poles said. “We see him as a long, fast, explosive, relentless defensive end that can help us both in the run and in the pass game and really, I see him as a multiplier. He’s going to allow everyone to play better, our entire defensive front, our corners, our safeties.”
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While the timing may be very odd from the Bears, who are clearly in a rebuild and may not even have their long-term solutions at QB, there is no doubting Sweat’s ability. As trades go it was good value, but in a situation where it wasn’t really sensible.
However, current Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is happy with the situation. “It opens up a lot of things,” Eberflus said. “You can do a lot of things with the caliber of player like he is. And we’ve had some in the past that were like that, that were the premier players like that. We certainly try to enhance it and put them on the matchups that we want, along the line. So that’s important to do.”