Would trading for Raheem Mostert make sense for the Bears?

Would trading for Raheem Mostert make sense for the Bears?

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert is unhappy with his contract, one that's scheduled to pay him $2.5 million in 2020, and has requested a trade, according to his agent.

"After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mostert's contract [which paid him for special teams] we have requested a trade," Brett Tessler of Tessler Sports tweeted Wednesday. "Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl."

Mostert, 28, had a remarkable stretch of games for the 49ers toward the end of the 2019 season. He scored seven touchdowns over the final six games and averaged nearly seven yards per carry in three of those contests. He finished the season with 772 yards and eight touchdowns (5.6 yards per carry). 

With the Bears hurting for depth—or maybe even a starter—at running back, should GM Ryan Pace dial up his old buddy John Lynch and inquire about a trade?

It would be a pretty incredible story if Pace gave up a draft pick for Mostert, whom he cut from Chicago's roster in October 2016. Mostert was added to the Bears' practice squad but lasted a little over one month before being released in November that year.

Now, three seasons later, Mostert has emerged as one of the more exciting big-play threats at running back. He'd be the perfect complement to David Montgomery, considering that Montgomery's best trait is his hard running style while his least desirable skill is his long speed.

But can the Bears afford to part ways with another draft choice and pay Mostert the raise he's looking for, which apparently is a deal closer to Tevin Coleman's $4.25 million per year?

Chicago is already down a couple of picks in the 2021 draft. According to the team's website, the Bears have selections in the following rounds: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6. 

No fourth. No seventh.

A player like Mostert shouldn't (and won't) command more than a Day-3 selection, but the Bears have just two in their arsenal. If Lynch was willing to move Mostert for a fifth-rounder, Chicago would enter next year's draft cycle with only a sixth-round pick on Day 3. Not great, Ryan. Not great.

Even if Mostert would be a nice jolt to Chicago's backfield, it doesn't appear the Bears can afford to make a move for him at this point in the franchise's winning curve. They aren't a running back like Mostert away from a Super Bowl, so it would make more sense to keep their picks and hope for the best with Montgomery. 

Maybe Pace should've just kept Mostert around to begin with.

Bears' Eddie Jackson wants Matt Nagy to know he's ready to play on offense

Bears' Eddie Jackson wants Matt Nagy to know he's ready to play on offense

On Monday morning, Bears' safety Eddie Jackson went on Good Morning Football and single-handedly blew up every single identical roster projection that are appearing on the internet these days: 

There's even a tiny bit of precedent here! Jackson played receiver in high school, and has actually already appeared on that side of the ball for the Bears a few times back in 2018. He's also very clearly one of the team's best playmakers. Defensive players getting offensive snaps has all the exhilaration of position players pitching, without any of the unspoken condescension. He also scores like, 75% of the time he touches the ball (honestly, it's more fun for you if you don't bother fact checking this) and after 2019's offensive performance, beggars can't be choosers. Let Eddie Jackson play offense. Let Akiem Hicks play offense. Let Khalil Mack punt the ball if Khalil Mack wants to punt the ball. It's fun and it makes things exciting and positions are stupid. 

For what it's worth, it already sounds like Jackson and Nagy are on the same page about all of this: 

Who's against this idea? Seriously. Remember 2018? Santa's Sleigh! Oompa Loompa! Chumbawamba! We could have that again. We could have it all. 

Under Center Podcast: Will Cole Kmet, Jaylon Johnson make rookie-year impacts?


Under Center Podcast: Will Cole Kmet, Jaylon Johnson make rookie-year impacts?

Bears rookies have a lot of pressure on them in their first seasons but can they produce at the level the team needs them to, to win?

JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis discuss the Bears rookies, provide updates on Roquan Smith and discuss the changes to the Under Center Podcast.

(1:46) - Changes to the Under Center Podcast

(5:00) - Chances that Jaylon Johnson may not start for the Bears

(10:55) - Can Cole Kmet handle being a full-time starter in his first year?

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(17:00) - Roquan Smith updates

(21:40) - How will Khalil Mack perform this year

(30:20) - What do the coordinators and coaches think about the QB competition?

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