Montez Sweat Traded To Chicago Bears
Trade: Commanders and Bears have agreed to a trade that is expected to send DE Montez Sweat to the Chicago for a 2024 second-round pick, per sources. Sweat is in the last year of his contract, and the Commanders are opting for a draft pick now. Chicago beefs up its line. pic.twitter.com/Hd7jtqDtWY&amp;amp;mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2023
The deal was pretty simple: The Commanders received a 2024 second-round pick in exchange.
Bears Beef Up
Sweat is a very good addition to a Bears defensive line that desperately needs help. They currently sit at 32nd in sacks per game with 1.3, according to TeamRankings.com. T.J. Edwards currently leads the team in sacks with just two.
The Bears replaced three of their four starters along the defensive line ahead of the 2023 season in free agency and spent second- and third-round draft picks on defensive tackles Gervon Dexter Sr. and Zacch Pickens. The Bears have an NFL-low 10 sacks this season and 46 pressures, which ranks 30th.
The 27-year-old is off to his best start ever. He already has 6.5 sacks this year, which now leads his new team by a large margin. Sweat also has 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, 32 tackles and 11 QB hits. He’s clearly the Bears’ top pass rusher already, and will hopefully get over double-digit sacks, something he’s yet to do in his career.
While Sweat may not be a sack machine, he’s one of the more underrated players in the league. Sweat has consistently played every game in every season he’s played, with 2021 being the only outlier. That year, he had a jaw injury that put him on injured reserve after playing 10 games. Sweat is also one of seven players with at least five sacks in each of the last five seasons (since 2019).
The Mississippi State product is in the final year of his contract, and the Commanders are opting for a draft pick now instead of losing him to free agency for no value.
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