Bears trade for top edge rusher from Commanders
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.
Trade: Commanders and Bears have agreed to a trade that is expected to send DE Montez Sweat to the Chicago for a 2024 second-round pick, per sources. Sweat is in the last year of his contract, and the Commanders are opting for a draft pick now. Chicago beefs up its line. pic.twitter.com/Hd7jtqDtWY— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2023
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.
T.J. Edwards was live on @670TheScore as news broke of the Bears' deal for Montez Sweat. He's fired up about his new teammate: "That's a hell of a player. … Hell yeah. That's big time. No doubt."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) October 31, 2023
On a day where the Bears were expected to make some news, Chicago brings in a premium player.