This time of year can be a little silly around the NFL. Trades can come out of nowhere during draft season either before or during the big event. Bleacher Report’s Derrik Klassen recently took a look at the one draft-day trade that makes sense for every team and has the Chicago Bears trading away Danny Trevathan on his list.
“Linebacker Danny Trevathan’s contract expires following the 2019 season, and the Bears are not in a position to pay him,” Klassen wrote. “With other contract extensions such as Cody Whitehair’s and Leonard Floyd’s likely on the horizon, it is tough to imagine the team would prioritize an inside linebacker over an offensive lineman and a pass-rusher.”
Klassen further explains that the Bears need to load up on cheap options right now considering quarterback Mitch Trubisky will likely be in play for a large contract down the line.
There is a lot to unwrap here. First, Klassen makes a good point when it comes to the type of money Trevathan is going to garner. Whitehair is a lock to get a contract extension here in the future and Floyd likely will also receive a substantial deal in the future as he enters his fourth year in 2019. The team is going to need to eventually pay both of those players, Trubisky and a pair of All-Pros in Tarik Cohen and Eddie Jackson in the coming years. Not to mention, Chicago has the highest-paid defender in NFL history on the roster in outside linebacker Khalil Mack.
Trevathan has also dealt with injuries at times during his Bears career. He signed with the organization in 2016 after winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. He played in just nine games that season due to a knee injury. He missed three games due to an injury in 2017 and one other contest because of a suspension. He started all 16 games for the first time since the 2013 season during the 2018 campaign. He ended last year with 102 tackles, two sacks, six pass deflections, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
Another reason why it would not be out of the realm of possibility to move on from Trevathan is that the Bears have a trio of young linebackers they like at the inside linebacker position. Roquan Smith is a building block on defense and will hold onto one of the starting spots at the position while both Nick Kwiatkoski and Joel Iyiegbuniwe are players the Bears are high on.