The Chicago Bears would have liked to improve their entire roster in the off-season. This is a common misconception about what has happened in the past few months. GM Ryan Poles knew he couldn’t fix everything, so he did his best. The one area on the list that has fans riled up the most is the wide receiver, with the only notable additions being Byron Pringle and Velus Jones. One had a good season in 2021 but was mostly a backup before that, and the other is an older rookie player with an uncertain uptrend. This is why many are urging the team to run a race on someone like DK Metcalf.
The 6’4 eccentric receiver has established himself as one of the top 10 in the NFL. Not only is his speed extreme, but his size and strength make it difficult to drop the ball once the ball is in his hands. After the Seattle Seahawks traded Russell Wilson, she sensed she might have hit the reset button. With his contract expiring after 2022, it may make sense for the team to offload the receiver in exchange for the compensation project rather than pay him. So far, that hasn’t happened. Most think it won’t, but ESPN’s Brady Henderson isn’t sure.
Metcalfe surprisingly skipped the mandatory junior camp in a clear statement about his precarious contract situation. The Seahawks remain optimistic about his extension, but that Doesn’t look like slam dunk Given the cost that the receiver market has become.”
It is not difficult to understand.
Paying the big money, given their list at the moment, may not make sense. The Seahawks have no certainty in their quarterback position and roster is in the middle of a major overhaul after steadily deteriorating over the past five years. Losing a talent like Metcalf can be painful in the short term, but the high draft pick they’ll come back for and the money saved could allow them to speed up the rebuilding process.
Conversely, the Bears have the young quarterback in place with Justin Fields. His large arm and deep accuracy make him a perfect fit for a field threat like Metcalf. Chicago is also set to have the most space of any team in 2023 with more than $90 million. So that they can afford the contract needed to secure the recipient in the long term if they wish.
DK Metcalf’s trade conflicts with Bears GM’s new identity.
Ryan Poles has said from the start that he’s not a fan of bold moves like this. While it may help in the short term, giving the bears a quick winning boost, it ends up holding them back in the long term. He wants this team to compete every year. In his view, that means building through the draft. If the Bears give up a first-round pick for Metcalf (which it would take), they’ll only have five picks left next year.
It’s hard to build a team this way. This will be the fourth time in five years that the Bears have traded a first-round pick with another team. Such a philosophy did not do them much good. DK Metcalf is a superstar. There is no doubt about that. He averaged over 1,000 yards during his first three seasons with 29 touchdowns. He is also still only 24 years old.
The benefits to trade can be huge.
He and Darnell Mooney would make a killer combination if Fields took a step forward, as many hope. It’s just hard to imagine that one wide receiver could turn the fortunes of this entire team. Given how weak other situations are at the moment, this seems unlikely.
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