ESPN Report: Bears trade Justin Fields for a $40 million edge rusher in exchange for a pitch.

In terms of draft compensation, the Chicago Bears don’t seem likely to find the trade value they desire for quarterback Justin Fields, but they might be able to get there in the form of an active player.

On Wednesday, March 13, Windy City Gridiron’s Jacob Infante made a trade proposal that would have traded Fields to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for edge rusher Josh Sweat.

Philly has been connected to Justin Fields. Straight up, sweat swap fields.Bears Trade Pitch Swaps Justin Fields for Eagles DE Josh Sweat

Josh Sweat has only been in the game for four years, but already at the age of 26. Eagles are poised to trade him, according to Infante. Justin Fields and Philadelphia have been connected. Straight up, sweat swap fields. Let’s get into the Chicago heat. #Bears

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro, who reported on March 11, the Eagles have been deliberating for the past few weeks on whether to move Josh Sweat, fellow pass rusher Haason Reddick, or both.

According to Zangaro, the Eagles have been considering trade options for Josh Sweat and/or leading edge rusher Haason Reddick in recent weeks. “[Bryce] Huff’s addition won’t stop that process from moving forward, and right now it would be rather startling

It would be somewhat unexpected if their two 2023 starters returned.

Addressing the pass rush, which finished the previous season ranked 31st out of 32 teams in the NFL with just 30 total sacks, will be one of Chicago’s main goals this offseason.

If the Bears hadn’t addressed one aspect of the defense by sending defensive end Montez Sweat to the Washington Commanders in exchange for a second-round pick, things most likely would have been much worse. With 12.5 sacks between the two clubs at the end of the season, he became the only player in league history to lead two franchises in total sacks in the same year.

For his performances in 2023, 27-year-old Montez Sweat was selected for the Pro Bowl for the first time in his five-year NFL career. He also signed a four-year contract worth a total of $98 million. Josh Sweat has played in six seasons of the league and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2021. His current deal, which is good through the 2019–20 season, is for a total of $40 million over three years.

Josh Sweat didn’t play excellent run defense in 2022, but according to Pro Football Focus, he recorded 7.0 sacks, 16 QB hits, 45 hurries, and 68 total pressures. As a result, going ahead, Josh and Montez Sweat would be a dangerous duo on opposite ends of the Bears’ defense.

In case you were wondering, neither of the two players is related by blood.

 

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