Bears Trade Justin Fields for $40M Edge Rusher

It's unlikely the Chicago Bears will get the draft compensation they desire for quarterback Justin Fields, but they might get an active player.

Wednesday, March 13, Windy City Gridiron's Jacob Infante proposed trading Fields to the Philadelphia Eagles for edge rusher Josh Sweat.

“Josh Sweat, 26, has 31 sacks in four years. Infante wrote the Eagles may trade him. Justin Fields is associated to Philly. Straight-up sweat exchange fields. Get sweaty in Chicago. #Bears”

On March 11, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro claimed that the Eagles have considered trading Josh Sweat, Haason Reddick, or both for weeks.

“In recent weeks, the Eagles have been exploring options to trade their starting edge rusher Haason Reddick and/or Josh Sweat,” Zangaro said.

"The addition of [Bryce] Huff won't slow that process, and it would be surprising if both of their 2023 starters return." Chicago will prioritize improving its pass rush this offseason, which ranked 31st in the NFL last season with 30 sacks.

Without sending a second-round pick to the Washington Commanders for defensive end Montez Sweat, things would have been much worse for the Bears. He led both teams in sacks with 12.5 in the season, becoming the first player in league history to do so.

Montez Sweat, 27, received his first Pro Bowl nod of his five-year NFL career in 2023 and signed a four-year, $98 million contract. Josh Sweat has six years of experience and a 2021 Pro Bowl appearance. He has a $40 million, three-year contract till next season.

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