The Chicago Bears made a blockbuster trade sending star linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens for 2023 second- and fifth-round draft picks.
But it doesn’t sound like general manager Ryan Poles is done just yet.
According to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, “there’s a bit of chatter inside league circles that the Bears may not be done with their trade activity.” The deadline is set for Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT.
There's a bit of chatter inside league circles that the Bears may not be done with their trade activity. There are 23 hours and 46 minutes left until the deadline.
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) October 31, 2022
Poles has shown that he’s not committed to anyone he didn’t bring in — not named Justin Fields — and he’s building for the future. He’s acquired three additional draft picks for 2023 with the Smith and Robert Quinn trades over the last week.
So that begs the question: Who could be next?
Running back David Montgomery is the first name that comes to mind. After all, you have to remember teams that are trading for assets ahead of the deadline tend to be contending teams. Montgomery has been a viable asset on this Bears offense since he was drafted in 2019.
There are a number of contenders who could certainly benefit from an all-around running back like Montgomery. And with Khalil Herbert making the case to be a lead back, it’s a move that wouldn’t leave Chicago vulnerable at the position. Especially with Justin Fields’ contributions in the run game. Although there’s reason to worry about pass protection.
Right guard Teven Jenkins is also another interesting name to watch. He’s someone who teams were inquiring about earlier this summer. Jenkins has arguably been the Bears’ best offensive lineman this season (since Cody Whitehair’s injury). He’s found new life at right guard, and Poles might use his success to garner another draft selection.