Bears May Have Chance to Trade for Pro Bowl WR With Ties to Team

DK Metcalf

Getty D.K. Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a reception for a touchdown.

Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl wide receiver DK Metcalf grew up watching the Chicago Bears.

His father, Terrence Metcalf, was a former offensive lineman and a third-round pick for the Bears in 2002. The senior Metcalf spent seven seasons in Chicago, playing in 84 games and starting 25 in that span.

DK, of course, is currently one of the best young wideouts in the NFL. The Seahawks snagged Metcalf, 24, with the final pick in the second round (64th overall) of the 2019 draft, and he has hauled in 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns on 216 receptions since.

After Seattle parted ways with franchise quarterback Russell Wilson and longtime linebacker Bobby Wagner, trade rumors began flying around Metcalf, who is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal. While Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the team “intends” on keeping Melcalf, he said the same thing about Wilson just before he was traded.

It’s clear Seattle is in mid-rebuild, and it’s entirely possible the team would be willing to trade Metcalf for the right price. Could the Bears be that team?

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Bears GM Ryan Poles Would Have to Mortgage Future, Which Is Highly Unlikely

Considering the current wide receiver market, the Bears simply can’t compete for Metcalf. The Kansas City Chiefs sent Tyreek Hill to Miami in exchange for five draft picks, including a 2022 first-rounder. Hill then inked a four-year, $120 million extension. The Green Bay Packers also sent All-Pro receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for 2022 first- and second-round selections while also giving him a five-year contract worth $141.25 million.

Though new Bears general manager Ryan Poles has the cap space (over $15.5 million, per Spotrac) to make a deal, he has been patient and frugal so far in free agency. He also hasn’t traded for a big-name player since his arrival. It’s been quite the opposite, actually. In his first major move as GM, Poles traded superstar Khalil Mack away to the Chargers.

They Bears don’t have a first-round pick this year, and they don’t the draft capital to lure the likes of Metcalf. If they wanted to throw in some young players in addition to draft picks, it might be possible. Stud linebacker Roquan Smith was rumored to be of interest to the Seahawks back when the Bears were linked to Wilson in 2021.

Windy City Gridiron’s Robert Schmitz floated the idea of the Bears sending Smith — who, like Metcalf, is due to cash in soon — as part of a trade package for Metcalf. While most Bears fans didn’t approve of trading away Smith, that’s about the only way acquiring a wideout of Metcalf’s caliber might be possible.

Despite it being unlikely, some analysts are still urging the Bears to take a swing:

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Metcalf’s Family History With Bears Would Make Great Story

In a December 2020 interview with Mark Grote on 670 The Score, Metcalf’s father said it would have been a “blessing” for his son, who became a fan of the Bears while watching his father play for them, to have been drafted by Chicago. Here’s what he told Grote:

“One thing I did ask him is: ‘What if Chicago who drafted you?’ Man, if that had happened, that would have been another godsend, another blessing for him. He’s a huge Chicago fan just because, you know, that’s our family. So we would’ve loved that.”

Hearing Terrence say his son “would’ve loved” to play for the Bears has to make the hearts of Bears fans hurt — but there’s always the possibility they could snag Metcalf in 2023 if he doesn’t get extended anywhere this year. Cross your fingers, Bears fans.

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