The Bears Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Zach Brunner
The Bears should trade Cordarrelle Patterson while they still can.
The Bears should trade Cordarrelle Patterson while they still can. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears took a step backwards in 2019, due to their offensive struggles. The poor quarterback play from Mitch Trubisky dominated headlines, but there was little to be excited about from this offensive unit as a whole.

Seemingly nobody's job on this offense should be safe, including veterans. One veteran player the Bears should look to trade before it's too late is Cordarrelle Patterson.

Once a return specialist with the Minnesota Vikings, Patterson has been a gadget player on offense over the past several years. He was on four different teams over the past four seasons. If the Bears trade him, it could be five teams in five seasons for the seven-year NFL vet.

Last season, Patterson totaled more rushing yards than receiving, though that's not saying much. He ran for 102 yards on 17 carries, and Patterson totaled 83 receiving yards on 11 receptions. Heading into 2020, the Bears have Patterson listed as a starting outside receiver, opposite of Allen Robinson. This appears to say more about the Chicago receiving corps than about Patterson.

Should the Bears trade him, it would free up about $5 million in the last year of his contract. With this extra money, Chicago could be able to sign a more talented and/or younger receiver than Patterson, while another team could gain a quality returner or a versatile offensive player that can keep defenses guessing.

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