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Trade Time: Get That QB

With the NFL trade deadline quickly approaching, could the Bears pull off a deal for a quarterback?

With the NFL trade deadline just hours away, rumors are starting to circulate like crazy. Some come true and others just fizzle out. For the Chicago Bears, they are involved in a very interesting trade situation. As we all know, this team is built to win right now. They have a window to be able to do that, so sometimes making a slight move could help that out. That slight move is to bring in a quarterback.

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A trade rumor that has been brought up over the past 24 hours would entail Ryan Pace calling up a good buddy of his, John Lynch of the San Francisco 49ers.

The potential move would be bringing in one of the 49ers backup quarterbacks, C.J. Beathard. The main reason this scares some people is that Beathard lost his job as the prime backup to Nick Mullens, who was an undrafted quarterback the same year as Beathard, who was taken in the third round.

That may work in the Bears favor, though, since he is not really a part of San Francisco’s plans anymore. This is evidenced by Beathard not even being on the gameday roster. It would not cost the team much of anything to bring him over here. The Bears could go a few routes in this trade. It could simply cost you a late-round pick, which is not a huge loss even for a team that has moved around a lot of picks in the last few years. Another scenario is swapping player-for-player. In this case, that Bears player would be Taylor Gabriel. This could work for a few reasons. The team could move on from Gabriel after this season anyway, so why not try to get something in return for him while you can? It would be hard to let a player with that speed go, but it frees up space for 2019 fourth-round pick Riley Ridley. Since draft day decisions are always a hot topic among Bears nation, getting Ridley on the field to show what he has could be advantageous.

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To be clear, this move would not about bringing Beathard in to start right away. It’s all still about attaining that main goal of making a Super Bowl. Beathard is still on a rookie deal through 2020, just like Trubisky. Which brings out another point: do you want to try to light a fire under your “QB1?” Bring in a guy that was drafted 102 picks after him to make him feel a little bit uncomfortable because, at this time, he knows he’s not getting benched for Chase Daniel or Tyler Bray. At the end of the day, this team needs to make a deal for a quarterback to try to at least save this season a little bit. But hey, we all know what will happen when that deadline hits the end on October 29th at 3 PM central time.


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