Bears Sign Montez Sweat To Massive 4-Year Extension
The Bears struck a trade with the Commanders for Montez Sweat at the trade deadline. The trade was completely idiotic but at least Ryan Poles didn’t totally screw up the next steps after. Poles was confident that he could get Sweat signed to an extension and that’s exactly what happened.
Sweat and the Bears have agreed to a mega contract extension that will see the former Mississippi State product become one of the highest paid pass rushers in the sport. Sweat will sign a four-year extension with the Bears for $98 million. The news of the agreement was reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
Holy overpay. That’s all there really is to say about it. If you check out the list for the highest paid pass rushers, Sweat leapfrogs everyone on a per-year basis that isn’t Nick Bosa, TJ Watt, Joey Bosa, and Myles Garrett. Sweat will now make $24.5 million per year and a large percentage of the contract is fully guaranteed.
Sweat, 27, is a really good player but this price tag is Looney Tunes. Sweat has never had double digit sacks in a season. He currently has 6.5 this year through eight games and will have a chance to hit that mark this year. The point is that Sweat is a good player. He’s not a blue chip player worth this kind of money.
Let’s call this what it is. It’s a desperate act by a desperate franchise. Chicago ranks 32nd in the league in sacks. They have virtually no talent along their defensive line. They could have just taken Jalen Carter but that’s another story for another day. The Bears can’t attack the quarterback and they overpaid in a significant way so they could get some talent in the building. Good luck with this new deal, Chicago.
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