David Banks - USA Today Sports
David Banks - USA Today Sports

Draft-Day Rumors: Bears explore trading options with QB market buzzing


by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Bears have been one of the more active teams in free agency this offseason, and it appears that they will be very engaged with other teams during the upcoming NFL Draft.

According to NBC Sports insider Peter King, there is a chance that the Houston Texans, who hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, could get cold feet selecting a quarterback if it's not their preferred one.

In this scenario, they could opt to select linebacker Will Anderson and then use their second first-round pick to trade back up and select a quarterback.

If this were to happen, it could create an opportunity for the Bears to trade down once again.

With the likelihood of only two quarterbacks being selected in the top five, there is a chance that one of the top four quarterbacks, such as Anthony Richardson or Will Levis, could slip to the Bears slot at No. 9 overall. This would give the Bears an ideal opportunity to trade down with a team looking to move up and draft a quarterback.

Several teams could be interested in trading up, including the Tennessee Titans, Washington Commanders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If the Bears were to have a top quarterback prospect like Richardson or Levis to offer as bait in their draft slot, it could make a trade more likely.

It's possible that Bears general manager Ryan Poles had this scenario in mind all along, as he has a short but successful history of making savvy moves.

If the draft does indeed break in the way King suggests, it could give the Bears the leverage they need to deliver another lucrative trade and continue to build their roster.

Ultimately, the decision to trade down will depend on the Bears' evaluation of the players available at their pick and the offers they receive from other teams. However, if they do decide to trade down, they could potentially add more draft capital and continue to build for the future.

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