This is a brand new article series that I am starting called “If I Were a GM.” This series will be articles about things I would do if I was the general manager of NFL Teams and list out the perfect scenario that could play out. I’m going to go through each NFL team and highlight some offseason moves and draft picks that would set that respective team up for the future. All 32 NFL teams will be included in this series and the series will end before the 2019 NFL Draft. I’m going to be wheeling and dealing and I hope you guys enjoy the series.
The Chicago Bears enjoyed a breakout 2018 season under a new head coach. They had one of the most surprising seasons in the NFL, and the defense led the way. With some small moves in the draft and trade market, the Bears can once again find themselves in the NFC Championship hunt.
What I have to work with: 14 million in cap space and 5 draft picks (Rounds 3, 4, 5, and 7 (2))
Notable Players: Mitchell Trubisky, Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, Tarik Cohen, Kyle Fuller, Akeim Hicks, Roquan Smith, Eddie Jackson
Biggest Needs: OT, CB, S, OLB, WR, RB
Trade Jordan Howard for a fourth round pick– The Bears have made it clear the Howard is on the trade market, which lowers his value. People forget this guy has rushed over 1200 yards just two season ago, and has been extremely reliable as an early down hammer. Teams like the Chiefs, Eagles, Raiders, Buccaneers, and Texans would be interested in Howard. Since he is still on his rookie deal, this is a bargain for most teams. Trading him to the Eagles for their 4th round pick (128 overall) would get the deal done.
After Trades: 14 million in cap space and 6 draft picks
The Bears do not have much cap space and have already filled the safety hole with Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. Signing T.J. Yeldon to a one year deal for roughly 3 million would make a lot of sense. Yeldon has shown to be able hefty touches and can withstand the early down role. Truth is, Yeldon and Cohen are excellent pass catchers and both would split the three down work. Nagy would no doubt have fun with this backfield duo.
After Free Agents Signings: 11 million in cap space and 6 draft picks
Aquired: T.J. Yeldon
Round 3, Pick 24: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson- Mullen has fallen through the pre-draft process. He had limited experience at Clemson but has shown enough to be a solid mid-round pick. He is long and strong and has had experience covering different types of wideouts. He would be an excellent depth piece with a chance to start sooner rather than later.
Round 4, Pick 24: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor- If the former five star running back is here at round 4 then I should snag him. Hurd transitioned to wide receiver at Baylor and showed out. He is a very skilled playmaker and throwing him in as a “big slot” or on the outside would give me another guy that Nagy can utilize.
Round 4, Pick 25 (From Philadelphia): Nate Davis, OL, Charlotte- A small school prospect, Davis could become a starting caliber guard pretty soon. He has excellent size and quick feet. Inconsistency is what pushes him down draft board, but with time to grow, he could become a solid piece on the offensive line.
Remaining draft picks on high upside offensive players
The Bears have a pretty complete team on both sides of the ball. Trading Jordan Howard will net them a fourth round pick that would add some depth on the offensive line. Finding high upside playmakers is the key for the Bears as they look to take the next step. T.J. Yeldon and Tarik Cohen create a nightmare for linebackers as both can run the ball and catch the ball. With one of the league’s best defense and an improving offense, this team can contend for the NFC Championship.