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Bears trade for top edge rusher from Commanders

8 months agoJake Mozarsky

With the NFL trade deadline Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, Ryan Poles and the Bears have already made a move.

In a trade with the Washington Commanders, the Bears have acquired defensive end Montez Sweat in exchange for a 2nd-round pick. This season, Sweat has 32 tackles and 6.5 sacks through 8 games, which is tied for 8th in the NFL.

This is the second straight year the Bears have been active on deadline day. They traded a 2nd round pick for wide receiver Chase Claypool last season, and now they bring in Sweat.

The Bears have been looking for some defensive help up front — Chicago has only had 10 sacks in 8 games, which is last in the NFL (the Houston Texans are 31st with 15) and have failed to pressure the quarterback in a lot of situations. The addition of Sweat helps the Bears in an area of need.

The 27-year-old is in the last year of his rookie contract and is making $11.5 million this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and will be looking for a big contract. While it remains unknown whether the Bears will extend him, there will likely be contract negotiations starting right away. The Bears defense gets a major addition on deadline day that will play a major role down the stretch.

On a day where the Bears were expected to make some news, Chicago brings in a premium player.



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