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The Bears Did Something Competent For Once

The Bears getting Montez Sweat actually made sense

The Chicago Bears have become almost famously incompetent over the past several years. Losing season after losing season, fired coach after fired coach, the Bears just consistently suck. And at this point, I tend to expect them to do the incompetent thing every chance they get.

But this time, they did it. They did the right thing. The Chicago Bears traded for Montez sweat and it was actually the right thing to do.

But this decision has been met with some hate. And I understand where people are coming from.

They currently suck. For the second consecutive year, they’re likely to be one of the 5 worst teams in the entire league. So, at face value, it doesn’t seem like it would make sense to trade for a 27 year old pass rusher.

First, acquiring Montez Sweat is not going to magically make the Bears good. That just simply isn’t going to happen. Second, trading a high second round pick for a guy that you have to immediately sign to a massive contract can seem odd for a team so far away from even being mediocre. And third, past experience dictates that whatever risks they take are probably terrible.

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But this time, the Bears actually did the right thing.

The Bears were in dire need of just one good player on their defensive line. At some point, if they want a winning window to open, they simply need to have enough competent players that they can build a foundation with.

Also, good players don’t reach free agency anymore. They take the security of earning the biggest contracts they can from their current teams or get franchise tagged. The bears needed to make a trade to get a difference making pass rusher.

Not to mention, that second round pick is overrated. Less valuable positions can be reliably filled early in the second round of the draft, but for premium positions like edge rusher, it’s going to be very difficult to find consistent, long term quality starters.

At some point, you just have to pay a premium for premium talent.

So good for you, Ryan Poles. This acquisition has given me a little hope for my beloved Bears.

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