The 2022 NFL season's trade deadline is quickly approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. The Chicago Bears are one team that could end up being a potential seller, sitting second-last in the NFC North with a 2-4 record.
Though the Bears aren't mathematically eliminated from playoff contentions, they've looked terrible to the point that a postseason appearance is a pipedream. The smart thing for them to do is to start moving the players without futures in the organization to build up draft capital and hope for better results in 2023.
Here are three Bears players who should already be on the trade block head of the deadline.
Bears Trade Rumors
1. Robert Quinn, DE
A second-team All-Pro defender last year, Robert Quinn has found himself in trade rumors amid a struggling season. The three-time Pro-Bowler — who's signed until the end of 2024 — has racked up just seven tackles and a sack in six games this season. With the Bears slated to be a rebuilding team for the next few years, it makes all the sense in the world for them to get what they can by trading the 32-year-old. Moving his $17.1 million cap hit this season won't be easy, but anything is possible if a contending team wants him bad enough. Not only could the Bears get a solid return for the veteran, but a new start with a contender might inspire Quinn to turn back the clock and play as he did last year.
2. Roquan Smith, LB
Rumors began to swirl when two-time All-Pro linebacker Roquan Smith held out of Chicago's training camp due to a contract dispute. Smith eventually agreed to play out his rookie deal, but now any sort of long-term deal that was once rumored seems unlikely. With a solid resumé just five years into the league, there's no doubt that the former Georgia product could fetch the Bears some draft picks and/or players. Smith already leads the NFL with 66 total tackles this season and seems poised for another impressive campaign. If there's even a chance that another team will pay a hefty price for his services, the Bears must listen because any return could be huge for their future.
3. Teven Jenkins, OT
Back in August, it was rumored that the Bears were looking to move sophomore offensive tackle Teven Jenkins. While general manager Ryan Poles told the media that he hadn't called anyone about the sophomore OT, he never outright denied the possibility of a move. If the rumors about him not taking his job seriously are true, it'd make sense for the Bears to move on and save themselves a headache. He's yet to allow a sack on 235 offensive snaps this season, so the upside is still there, but maybe Chicago would rather have a player that fits their locker room better. Being 24 years old, another team would surely take a swing on Jenkins in hopes that he can develop into a consistent starting tackle. If the opportunity makes sense, don't be surprised if the two sides part ways in the coming weeks.
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