The Chicago Bears have a whole new structure this season. Gone are former General Manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy; was replaced by Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus (yes, another Ryan and Matt combination) to lead the new regime, and aside from sophomore quarterback Justin Fields, it doesn’t look like anyone can take the holiday. their first on the job .
One of those potential contenders is star passer Khalil Mack, who will enter his fifth season in Chicago. After a great start to his Bears campaign in Year 1, finishing with 12.5 bags and placing second in the AP Defensive Player of the Year poll, Mack has faced and competed through injury streak in 2019-2020, culminating in just seven games in 2021, ending with the lowest bag count since five Oakland rookies.
According to Chicago Tribune Bears insider Brad Biggs, the seven-time Pro Bowler is said to be available this season if there is a suitable offer. The Bears only have five draft picks coming this season after the 6-11 season. Their first round went to the New York Giants, after Chicago moved up a season ago to take Justin Fields with the 11th pick.
Chicago is not expected to run in 2022, as they are listed at 50/1 (+5000) at WynnBET Sportsbook to win the Super Bowl. Regional rivals Green Bay (+1500) as well as the Minnesota Vikings (+2500) take the lead on the odds table, leaving Chicago overtaking the Detroit Lions (+15000) to avoid the predicted final spot. .
Poles and his staff should be empowered to structure and build the squad however they see fit, but if they are looking to make a serious move to remove a top passer, then so be it. Mack was not one to be immediately thwarted.
The concept of moving on from a 31-year-old Mack as he gets older and more injury-prone makes sense, but the timing doesn’t.
When on the field, Mack is still very effective. If his numbers were averaged over a 17-game season, Mack would have ended up with about 14.5 sacks, a number already a career high in Chicago.
The salary wasn’t enough for Mack to be let go either, as it would force Chicago to hit the $24 million death limit just to keep going. What is the problem here?
As for Quinn, he’s also entering the 31-year-old, but he’s having his second-best season of his career and it’s not particularly close after that.
In 2013, Quinn started all 16 games for St. Louis Rams, finished with 18 covers, seven clumsy catches, recovered two of them, and led the NFL in tackles for loss. This year, he finished with 18.5 bags for the Bears with four required and 17 TFLs.
He’s only played a full season three times in his career, and has averaged just under 9.2 sacks per season during his 11-year career in the league. Those aren’t numbers to scoff at, but it’s clearer that Quinn’s resume won’t be much higher than his 2021 season.
Quinn trades are still a bit high on dead bounds space, with Spotrac shows that it will be around $12,712,500, almost half what it would have to pay to move Mack.
Chicago has some great picks to make this season, but sometimes the buy low, sell high rule can make navigating much easier. If they choose to rebuild, Quinn is a much better name to move on to Mack.
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