Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN reports that the Bears are looking to unload other players, who don’t fit their scheme that are holdovers from the previous regime.
Russini doesn’t mention any specific names, but it’s really not a big surprise to hear that they’re looking to continue their rebuilding efforts.
Interestingly enough, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN writes that Chicago should being to listen to trade offers for other notable players like RB Matt Forte and WR Alshon Jeffery, now that the Bears traded away DE Jared Allen.
Both players are scheduled to be free agents after the season, and it’s clear that the Bears won’t be playing for a Super Bowl in 2015.
It might sound somewhat surprising to see someone suggest moving on from a 25-year-old receiver entering his prime. However, Dickerson mentions that there’s no guarantee that Jeffery wants to re-sign with them next year, and overpaying him could actually impact their rebuilding plan in some ways.
The Bears did protect themselves to some degree by using their first-round pick on WR Kevin White and their fourth-round selection on Jeremy Langford.
Dickerson wouldn’t stop there either. If it were up to him, he’d be making calls to teams to see if they would be interested in parting with value for QB Jay Cutler and/or TE Martellus Bennett.
Chicago has over a month before this year’s trade deadline to get some deals finalized that will help them moving forward.
We’ll have more regarding trades involving the Bears as the news is available.