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Bears Encouraged to Acquire Raiders Starter in a trade

Published May 14, 2024 at 3:29 PM

With rookie quarterback Caleb Williams at the helm, the Chicago Bears are prioritizing his protection. They've revamped their offensive line, securing Matt Pryor and Coleman Shelton through free agency, acquiring Ryan Bates from the Buffalo Bills, and selecting Kiran Amegadjie from Yale in the third round of this year's draft.

Despite these additions, the swing tackle position remains unresolved. Veteran Larry Borom is the current top option, while Amegadjie, recovering from a collegiate quadriceps injury, is projected to need more development time.

Bleacher Report's Alex Kay highlighted several trades beneficial for teams with rookie quarterbacks. For the Bears, he emphasized the need to bolster their offensive line depth to safeguard Caleb Williams, specifically targeting the swing tackle role. Kay suggested a trade where the Bears would offer a 2025 sixth-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders for OL Thayer Munford Jr., whom he sees as an ideal candidate to fill this gap.

Thayer Munford Jr., at 24, has shown promise in his second season with the Raiders, demonstrating versatility and reliability across both tackle positions. Despite his potential as a starting right tackle for the Raiders, following their recent draft pick of DJ Glaze, Vegas might consider a trade, though possibly for a higher draft pick than Kay's proposal.

As the Bears prepare for the upcoming season, the ongoing recovery of Amegadjie, who missed rookie minicamp due to his injury, adds urgency to fortifying the offensive line. Bears head coach Matt Eberflus expressed that while the team is aware of Amegadjie's condition, they are focused on his recovery in time for training camp.

If Amegadjie's recovery extends into the season, it could prompt Bears general manager Ryan Poles to seek an improvement over Borom, ensuring that their rookie quarterback is well-protected throughout his debut season.
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Bears Encouraged to Acquire Raiders Starter in a trade

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