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Three Bears Players Poised for Trade on NFL Draft Day


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Vince Carbonneau
April 25, 2024  (9:04)
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Velus Jones in action during his rookie season
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Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles has been actively reshaping the team's lineup with significant trades. With the 2024 NFL Draft approaching, could we see more moves? The Bears are well-prepared for incoming quarterback Caleb Williams, presumed to be their first overall pick, having fortified the offensive line and acquired standout receivers DJ Moore and Keenan Allen.

Currently, the Bears hold only five draft picks for 2024, including the coveted first and ninth overall. This limitation raises the possibility of trading players to gain more draft capital. Potential trade candidates include:
1. **Velus Jones Jr., WR/KR** - Despite limited impact as a receiver or return man, the NFL's new kickoff rules could boost Jones' value, potentially fetching a late-round pick. However, a change of scenery might benefit him more at this juncture.
2. **Khalil Herbert, RB** - After signing D'Andre Swift, the Bears seem set to make him the primary running back, sidelining Khalil Herbert who has been effective since his 2021 debut. With Herbert entering a contract year and high current value, trading him could be advantageous, especially in a weak running back draft class.
3. **Braxton Jones, OT** - Left tackle Braxton Jones, who has two years remaining on his rookie contract, might be unexpectedly available. His future largely depends on the Bears' decision with their ninth overall pick, which could be used on another offensive tackle, potentially displacing Jones.
As the draft nears, these strategic moves could significantly shape the Bears' roster, complementing their high-profile acquisition of Caleb Williams. Further coverage on the Bears' draft strategies and other off-field activities will continue to provide insights into the team's evolving dynamics.
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