Bears Trade Proposal Swaps 2nd-Rounder For Star DT, Former Top-10 Pick

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Getty Bears head coach Matt Eberflus should be getting some upgrades for his defense in 2023 free agency.

The Chicago Bears are expected to add help along the defensive line inside of the next month, though that help could end up coming from an unexpected place.

Star defensive tackle Ed Oliver of the Buffalo Bills is potentially available via the trade market as a way for the Bills to clear salary cap space and pursue more talent around franchise quarterback Josh Allen.

The 25-year-old lineman will play on the final season of his rookie deal in 2023 at the bargain price of $10.75 million after Buffalo picked up its fifth-year team option on the former No. 9 overall pick (2019). Given his age and productivity level, Oliver figures to command an immediate contract extension with any franchise to which he is traded. Beyond that, his trade price is likely to begin with a second-round draft selection and work up from there.

The Bears acquired the 53rd pick in this year’s draft from the Baltimore Ravens and the No. 61 overall selection from the Carolina Panthers in previous trades. Chicago can use one of those picks as the centerpiece of negotiations for Oliver but may be forced to throw in a Day 3 selection, either this year or in 2024, to close the deal.

Oliver Spurs Trade Rumors, Links to Bears on Social Media

Ed Oliver

GettyDefensive tackle Ed Oliver of the Buffalo Bills reacts after making a tackle during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 24, 2022.

Oliver has been active on Instagram in recent days, fueling speculation that he will be traded and that the Bears are either the likely destination, or at least his personal preference.

On March 22, Oliver posted photos of himself sacking Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins with varying emojis, captions and musical overlays.

Bears Twitter exploded with engagement, both with the post and about its meaning, after which Oliver added a photo of himself sacking Justin Fields to the ongoing Instagram story.

Over the course of his four year NFL career, Oliver has recorded 151 combined tackles, including 30 tackles for loss, 62 quarterback pressures, 42 quarterback hits, 14.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed and four forced fumbles, per Pro Football Reference.

Pro Football Focus ranked Oliver the 43rd best interior defender in the league last season out of 127 players who qualified at the position with an overall grade of 67.5, as well as a run defense grade of 65.0 and a pass rush grade of 64.1.

Jalen Carter Could Fall to Bears With 9th Pick in NFL Draft

Bears Carter Arrest Warrants

GettyDefensive tackle Jalen Carter of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes the passer during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the TCU Horned Frogs at SoFi Stadium on January 9, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If the Bears can’t lock Oliver in via a trade, or if the team decides the price for his services is simply too high, there is always the draft.

Chicago picks at No. 9 in the first round, No. 53 and No. 61 in the second round as noted above, and No. 64 in round three. If everything shakes out based purely on where prospects should be drafted via their talent level and individual team needs, the Bears are likely to go with an offensive tackle in the first round.

However, there is a chance that Jalen Carter could fall to Chicago with the 9th pick due to off-field concerns and weight issues that have dogged the defensive tackle since he won the second of back-to-back National Titles with the Georgia Bulldogs in January.

Alex Shapiro of NBC Sports made the case for Bears selection of Carter at No. 9 in Shapiro’s newest mock draft published on Sunday, March 26.

There’s no denying there are red flags surrounding Carter, but the fact of the matter is he is still one of the most talented players in this year’s draft class. Someone will take a chance on him in the first round, and if he’s still on the board when the Bears are on the clock, Poles will have to seriously consider selecting him.

On the field, people pay a lot of attention to his interior pass rush, since Carter can win with a wide variety of moves, but he’s no slouch in run defense. Carter has the ability to elevate the entire defensive line single-handedly and could be a star at the premium three-tech position.

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Eric Kingsbury
Eric Kingsbury
1 month ago

This trade proposal SUCKS! Trade a 2nd Round pick for Oliver???? NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
Ed Oliver was the weak link in the Bills line last year…Notice how the writer throws out his stats over the last 4 years but failed to mention that Oliver had only 2.5 sacks and 20 tackles last year…Jay Skurski wrote, “They will be paying him huge money next year, and he does not consistently impact games enough”.
This article is what most articals online today are….Complete Garbage!!!!! A freaking 2nd Round pick for Oliver…..SHUT UP and SIT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric Kingsbury
Eric Kingsbury
2 months ago

The Chicago Bears would be stupid to give up a 2nd Round or even to give up a 3rd Round pick for Oliver. He was the weak link in their defense….

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