The Chicago Bears are fresh off of their Wild Card loss to the New Orleans Saints. Even though they made the playoffs, the franchise knows that a lot of work needs to be done. Could a trade for Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott be in the cards for them this offseason?
Elliott struggled throughout the course of the 2020 NFL season. He had issues with fumbling and also had some nagging injuries that dragged him down. However, the Cowboys trading Elliott is not out of the question at this point in time.
During the 2020 season with the Cowboys, Elliott ended up carrying the football 244 times for 979 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Elliott also suffered six total fumbles on the year.
Rumors are starting to swirl that the Cowboys could be open to offers for Elliott this offseason. If that is the case, there are plenty of teams who will have interest.
Vincent Frank of SportsNaut has suggested that the Bears could be a potential landing spot for Elliott. The trade package would include Kyle Fuller and a 2021 fourth-round pick for Elliott.
Looking at the Bears’ current roster, running back could be one of their top priorities this offseason. Drafting David Montgomery gave them a solid option, but not one that can be a workhorse. Elliott would immediately give them the running game they need.
No one knows what to expect from the Bears at the quarterback position next season. Some believe that Mitchell Trubisky will be back in town, while others think they will look elsewhere. Regardless of what happens at quarterback, the Bears need a more rounded offense with a legitimate ground attack.
At 25 years old, Ezekiel Elliott still has plenty left in the tank. He simply needs to stay healthy and keep his head on straight. Figuring out the fumbling issue is a must for him as well.
None of the main issues he had this season should sway the Bears away from him. Elliott is still one of the most talented running backs in the NFL.
Ryan Pace knows that he may be working for his job this offseason. If the Bears don’t improve next year, his role as general manager could be yanked out from under him. Making a big-time trade for a superstar like Elliott would be worth the risk.
Expect to hear the Bears connected to a lot of rumors this offseason. Elliott may not end up in Chicago, but they certainly do make sense as a potential landing spot.