The Chicago Bears pulled off a deal last week with a trade of running back Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles, moving him to the City of Brotherly Love in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick
Conditions in the trade could flex that selection to a 2020 fifth-round pick. With the deal to trade Howard, New York sports betting still has the Bears as the current 2019 favorites to win the NFC North.
The team could have kept Howard, who is slated to make just $2 million this upcoming season, but instead felt that a backfield that would feature Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis would be good enough for the defending NFC North Champions.
Howard had been rumored as trade bait since before the last season, and with Cohen coming on in a huge way in 2018, the writing was on the wall.
This past season Howard had 935 rushing yards and 3.7 yards per carry. Once the Bears inked Davis, it was pretty much a done deal that Howard would be gone.
Howard did play well in the final five games, going off for 399 yards on 88 carries, but again getting Davis was enough for the team to feel they could make a trade with Howard.
The Bears like the running style of Davis, who is very much a power back, and in Matt Nagy’s power running offense, that’s the type of player they would like to have.
“I thought he had really good vision,” Nagy said of Davis and his running style.
“He was a guy that can make you miss between the tackles. He has that in him. We liked that. We thought that would be a good addition to our side of the ball on offense. We’re intrigued to get him in and start learning who he is as a person. From all the research we did on him, we thought it was a great fit.”
The fact also the team didn’t wait long to ink Davis (they signed him on the first day of free agency), means that he was the apple of their eye when it came to players they liked on the free agent market.
The team also may use a draft choice on a running back, which is always good not only to add depth but also to build for the future.
It’s something that easily the team could do with one of their later picks.
“It’s going to be a unique year where we’re picking and it’s going to be best-player-available,” said general manager Ryan Pace.
“If it is a running back, then we’ll sort through it. And if you happen to have a lot of depth there, then that can be a good thing.”