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      Chicago Bears: Six More Players Team Should Trade by Dan Schmelzer 1h ago bears1_zpsuciweh8u.jpgJared Allen Chicago BearsAt this point it appears to be obvious. The Chicago Bears’ rebuild is in full affect. On Monday, the Bears made a couple of trades that clearly points to the team emptying cupboard from the former regime. First, in sending veteran pass rusher Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers, and later trading talented linebacker Jonathan Bostic to the New England Patriots. The Bears received 2016 sixth round picks from both teams.The two moves were the latest in new general manager Ryan Pace’s attempt to rebuild this roster essentially from scratch. His predecessor Phil Emery left the Bears’ roster severely lacking in both talent and depth. Pace and his staff know that they have a huge job ahead of them, and are looking to get ahead of the game by rebuilding early into this season.After an ugly 0-3 start where many are considering the Bears to be the worst team in the NFL, I do not blame Pace for starting this rebuild early. This team is clearly going nowhere this season, and they need to get the most out of their assets while they can. Getting any sort of draft compensation for players who are not going to contribute when the Bears are good, is worth it at this point. Pace will need as many bullets in the draft as he can get to fix this mess.Trading Allen and Bostic was a great start, but the Bears need to continue trading some of their veteran assets, and I think they will.The Bears’ roster is not only filled with less than impressive talent, they have a ton of players who do not fit into their current scheme, especially on the defensive side of the ball. In a rebuilding situation, that could lead to an extremely active team on the trade market.The Bears have some interesting pieces that will intrigue competitive teams as they set up for a potential playoff run. Almost anyone should be up for grabs, but here are six specific players the Bears should be looking to trade.bears2_zpsjgbkoqtq.jpgWith an explosive first step and an aggressive, attacking style of play, Will Sutton has been impressive on the Bears’ defensive line at times this season. The 2014 third round pick is a relatively valuable commodity who could certainly help a handful of teams throughout the NFL.However, his value to the Bears is limited. Sutton is a traditional three-technique defensive lineman who was born to play in a 4-3 defense. He has obvious quickness, impressive strength and easy athleticism that allows him to make plays in the backfield as both a pass rusher and against the run.He was a perfect fit for the Bears’ old defensive scheme which is why the team selected him in the third round. Looking back, taking Sutton seemed to be one of the only successful picks that Emery made in his tenure. Unfortunately, his style of play is not a great fit for a defensive lineman in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense.Fangio is looking for his defensive lineman to eat up space and blocks to allow his linebackers to make plays. 3-4 defensive lineman are not typically asked to knife through the line of scrimmage and make plays in the backfield, and that is what Sutton does best.I’m sure the Bears could carve out a role for Sutton on their defense, but his value would be much higher to a team who runs a traditional 4-3 defense. In fact, Sutton is a legitimate talent. The Bears could possibly receive similar compensation to the draft pick they spent on him.Potential Fits: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks.bears3_zps0pcd5fnn.jpgThe concussion he suffered in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks may make this difficult, but Jermon Bushrod is an obvious player for the Bears to dangle in a trade.The Bears signed Bushrod to a five-year free agent contract worth nearly $36 million in the 2013 off season to be their starting left tackle. While never considered among the elite, Bushrod has always been a solid offensive lineman who you could trust at left tackle. Unfortunately for Chicago, his play has clearly slipped the past couple of years.Bushrod is still a powerful run blocker, but his days of consistently protecting the blind side of his quarterback are long gone. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has never seemed to have enough time to throw in recent years, and Bushrod’s struggles in pass protection are a major reason for that.While he still has two years on his contract after this season, Bushrod is unlikely to be the Bears’ left tackle of the future. I personally believe that Kyle Long should be getting groomed for the position, but the Bears might as well see what they have in Charles Leno in the mean time. Leno could potentially become a part of the Bears plans on the offensive line, while Bushrod is close to becoming an after-thought.With his run blocking skills, I could see a contending team taking a shot on Bushrod and him succeeding as a right tackle or even a guard. That being said, the Bears are never going to see much in return for Bushrod. The value would be in the Bears not paying the rest of his contract.Potential Fits: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.bears4_zpslvyheb0k.jpgThe Bears have already traded one 4-3 defensive end turned 3-4 outside linebacker in Allen, and they should be looking to do the same with Willie Young. Similar to Allen, Young always seemed to be an odd fit for the Bears’ 3-4 defense. This is another case of a talented defensive player simply having more value to a 4-3 team.Young is coming off of a 2014 season where he had 10 sacks. He proved his talent and upside last season, showing a wide array of pass rush moves from the outside. He has a nice combination of speed, strength and explosiveness that allows him to get consistent pressure on the quarterback.Young is recovering from a serious Achilles injury that he suffered late last season. He has looked mobile and active in the early-going, but it is something for possible suitors to worry about.If the Bears make Young widely available, I have a hard time thinking they will have any trouble finding a suitor. He is a younger and currently more productive player than Allen and the Bears found a home for him.Every team could use another pass rusher, and Young would give a contender a potentially elite pass rushing option at defensive end.Potential Fits: Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants.bears5_zpsi9z8cwyy.jpgComing off of the best season of his career, Martellus Bennett is a player who should receive some serious attention in the trade market should the Bears make him available. Bennett is still under contract until 2017, but it is certainly fair to wonder whether the Bears even have a chance to compete by then.Obviously, they should not give him away for nothing, but Bennett is a player on the Bears’ roster who would be a huge upgrade for most contenders. They should get nice value in a trade for him.Bennett is a 6-foot-7, 248 pound tight end with impressive strength and athletic ability. He is among the best players at his position in the entire league, and has become a true match-up nightmare in the middle of the field.Bennett was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his eight-year NFL career last season, as he led all tight ends with 90 receptions, which totaled into 916 yards and six touchdowns. Bennett is a true weapon in the passing game and a very good blocker for his position.Getting value for him while they can makes sense for the Bears. Bennett could be a major contributor for a contender down the stretch.Potential Fits: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints.bears6_zpsy1ljqdr7.jpgWhen Fangio arrived in Chicago as the Bears’ defensive coordinator, we all knew the fit with the current team’s personnel was not ideal. At the time, most people (myself included) figured that Fangio would just figure it out, and his coaching ability would mask the lack of players who truly fit his 3-4 defense.Well, through three games, that clearly is not the case. Not only does the Bears’ defense lack talent, very few of their players actually fit well into what Fangio is trying to do. This is just a recipe for disaster, and that is exactly what has happened so far.This week, the Bears will get a boost on their defensive front, as Jay Ratliff returns after serving his three-game suspension. Ratliff is the most talented defensive lineman on the Bears’ defense, and he will make an impact on the field pretty much no matter what. However, he simply is not a good fit for Fangio’s 3-4 scheme either.Similar to Sutton, Ratliff is a traditional 4-3 defensive tackle who uses his power, quickness and explosiveness to make plays in the backfield with regularity. I am sure he will perform just fine as a 3-4 defensive end, or even at nose tackle, but the Bears simply will not be using Ratliff to the best of his abilities.They might as well try to trade him to a team that will use him correctly. Ratliff is a strong and experienced player who can make a difference for a contending 4-3 team. Assuming he looks good in his return, the Bears would likely get some nice value in return for Ratliff.Potential Fits: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks.bears7_zpskvwnhh1d.jpgMatt Forte has been the best player on the Bears’ offense for a long time. He has spent his entire eight-year career with the Bears, and has been the primary focal point of the offense throughout his tenure. Forte is arguably the best receiving back in the entire NFL, and his 7,980 career rushing yards would be the most in Bears’ history if it were not for a man named Walter Payton.Simply put, Forte is not only one of the best running backs in Bears’ history, he is one of the best offensive players that the franchise has ever seen. That being said, there is always a time to move on, and for Forte and the Bears, that time is now.While he is still a productive player, Forte will turn 30-years-old this year. That is the mark when modern day running backs start to break-down, and Forte has been a high-usage back throughout his career.Even if Forte is primed to dominate again in 2016, the Bears only have Forte under contract for this season. Even if they want him back, Forte will be free to chase what he wants on the open market. If the Bears trade Forte now, they could also always try to get him back in free agency. Not a likely scenario, but certainly possible.There will certainly be some suitors for Forte’s services on the market. He is still a valuable player, and he could be the missing piece for many teams. The Bears are going to do well if they trade Forte, and it is something that they must do. When it comes down to it, there is nothing for them to lose.Legend or not, Forte is not going to be a major part of the future of this organization. The Bears need to make moves with the heads, not their hearts. Trading Forte to a contender is the correct move.Potential Fits: Everyone could use a great back like Forte. His versatile style will fit any system, but the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets would be the teams I would follow the closest.link

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    • Anonymous

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      Sutton would be a nice addition for a 4/5th or a player we no longer need. Don’t need any of elders.

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    • Anonymous

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      Would definitely take a look at Willie Young if the price was pretty cheap.

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      Willie Young

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    • Anonymous

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      Agree on young…  Long and quick if that Achilles is good.Just turned 30.Florida borna 6th rounder wouldn't freak me out.

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      My understanding was that Sutton was playing well. And unless Fangio has changed things, he absolutely does fit. His 3-4 is a hybrid where one of the DEs is basically a 3-tech.

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    • billym

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      With jenkins on the shelf i am not impressed with are te situation right now. Bennet would be nice if they didnt want to much for him.

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