Commanders Trade DE Montez Sweat to Bears for Second-Round Pick
By Ayyanali Gavandi
The 2-6 Chicago Bears address pass rush issues with a trade before the NFL trade deadline.
Chicago Bears acquire edge rusher Montez Sweat from the Washington Commanders in exchange for a second-round pick.
Montez Sweat is set to become a free agent after the current season.
The Bears' pass rush is struggling, ranking last in the NFL with only 10 sacks this season.
The Commanders have invested heavily in their defensive line with contracts for Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
The Commanders also traded Chase Young to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Commanders receive second- and third-round picks for players they might lose in free agency, a smart move for the 3-5 Commanders.
Bears GM Ryan Poles has a history of trading second-round picks at the deadline.
The pick sent to Washington is currently No. 35 overall, a substantial price for a player with an expiring contract.
The Bears have cap space to potentially sign Montez Sweat long-term.
Acquiring Sweat through the trade allows the Bears to get a head start on a multi-year deal, despite questions about not pursuing him in free agency.