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3 Trade Deadline Targets Who Could Save the Bears' Season

Larry Rupp
Three trade deadline targets who could save the Chicago Bears' season.
Three trade deadline targets who could save the Chicago Bears' season. / AP Photos/Nam Y. Huh

The Chicago Bears have been knocking on the door of being legitimate NFC North contenders for a few years now. They've always had the defense to back up expectations, but they have yet to build a successful offense around young quarterback Justin Fields. The result is a disappointing 3-5 start in 2022.

The playoff race is far from over, though, and the Bears could be right back in the thick of things with a few wins over the next month. The upcoming NFL trade deadline serves as an opportunity to win over the fan base, too. Here's a look at three trade targets who could save Chicago's season.

Chicago Bears Trade Targets

1. Chase Claypool, WR

Anyone who has watched the Bears in action this season has seen how shallow their receiving corps is. Wide receiver Darnell Mooney has shown some flashes of greatness as of late, but he could use some serious help. The likes of Equanimeous St. Browns and Dante Pettis are just not getting the job done. Chase Claypool is capable of being a legit WR2 and has the explosiveness to create constant separation. The third-year pro's drop rate has improved tremendously in 2022 and he's averaging 13.4 yards per reception in his career. Claypool's extensive route tree alone would make him a menacing weapon in Chicago, plus Pittsburgh may be looking to move him after a 2-6 start.

2. Darius Slayton, WR

As mentioned above, Fields would benefit greatly from having a receiver capable of hauling in the home run ball. Look no further than New York's Darius Slayton. Slayton showed off his ability to make an impact against the Bears in Week 8, drawing a pass interference penalty on Kyler Gordon during a deep route. This is a veteran that has averaged at least 13.0 yards per reception in all four of his NFL seasons and has scored 14 touchdowns in 50 career games. Even when he can't get open deep, Slayton draws attention from the secondary and opens up space for other wide receivers to operate. He also enters free agency next offseason, meaning the cost to acquire him from the Giants won't be over the top.

3. Andre Dillard, OL

The Bears will not be able to compete with the best of the best unless they address their offensive line issues. Fields has been sacked 31 times this season, which is by far the highest mark in the NFL. However, it would be surprising to see the front office go all out to fix a position that could be improved via free agency or the NFL Draft. That's why Andre Dillard is the perfect target. Dillard has played only 11 snaps for the Philadelphia Eagles this season due to the team's depth and is in the final year of his current contract. His price tag won't be super high despite the fact that he allowed only 1.0 sacks across 340 snaps in 2021. Adding Dillard would provide Chicago with both an immediate upgrade and a potential future stud up front.

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