With all of the new additions to the wideout room over the last two years, things are getting pretty crowded with Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson, and Braxton Berrios sitting atop the depth chart.
Now it appears there are some news winds circling in the NFC about a potential trade.
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A New Team Has Entered the Mix
It seems like several members of the Chicago Bears community are interested in acquiring Mims.
Chat Sports host Harrison Graham who covers the Bears recently explored the trade rumors on his podcast.
Although Parker Hurley of ‘Bear Goggles On’ via FanSided took it a step further when discussing the possibility.
Hurley said that acquiring Mims would be a “great idea” and he would have been a “highly coveted” player if he were available in the 2022 NFL draft as a prospect.
On the Jets, Mims is no better than the fifth wide receiver on the depth chart. However, for the Bears, he would immediately come in and be the “second” best wideout on the team because of their lack of talent and depth, per Hurley.
When discussing what a trade could possibly look like, Hurley originally suggested a third-rounder being sent back to the Jets in exchange for Mims could get it done this offseason.
He also said that a player-for-player swap could be another unique way to pull a trade-off.
Right now the Jets have a few depth needs at offensive tackle, linebacker, defensive tackle, and safety.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport says the Bears have been taking calls on Quinn and they have been listening as a team in transition this offseason.
We all know that the Jets love pass rushers and you can never have enough of those. They’d likely have to pair a draft pick with Mims to pull that off, but certainly could be something worth exploring.
Some Breadcrumbs on the Ground
In a recent column, Connor Hughes of The Athletic said “it still seems apparent” that the third year wideout “isn’t in New York’s long term plans.”
“Denzel Mims is doing better and this is the second time around. He is in fantastic shape and looks really good. He is working on the things that we asked him to work on with regards to the catch point and all that stuff. Mims is a lot further along today than he was a year ago” [in terms of grasping the offense].
Although all of this praise that Mims has received this offseason from Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas seems to have a hidden motive.
Hughes said as much in his column saying, “it wouldn’t be a surprise if these sudden heaps of praise are the team’s attempt to bolster his stock and create a trade market.”
There is still a collection of fans on social media who are holding out hope that this is legitimate praise coming from up top. That 2022 might finally be the year the talented wideout can finally break through and be a cog in this machine, but we’ll have to wait and see which side ends up being right.