The Chicago Bears seem to be going nowhere fast, getting off to an 0-3 start and appearing well on their way to missing the playoffs yet again. Exactly the opposite can be said for the Miami Dolphins, who are looking like a serious Super Bowl contender.
As a result, many feel that the Bears could become sellers between now and the Oct. 31 NFL trade deadline, and they certainly have some interesting pieces that could be on the move.
One such piece is defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue.
Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey names Ngakoue as a player Chicago could potentially trade in the coming weeks, and it certainly makes sense.
Ngakoue is in the final year of his deal, and it seems hard to imagine that the Bears, who have holes up and down the roster, will be able to afford to re-sign him in the offseason.
The 28-year-old has bounced around over the last few years, playing for five different teams since 2020. However, he remains an effective pass rusher.
Could the Dolphins step in and make something happen?
The Dolphins are in the midst of what could be a special season, but their 23rd-ranked defense could certainly use some help.
Miami could send a 2024 third-round draft pick to Chicago in exchange for Ngakoue, which would be a pretty fair deal for both sides.
Ngakoue, who played his collegiate football at the University of Maryland, was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He made the Pro Bowl in his second season, registering 30 tackles, 12 sacks and six forced fumbles.
While he is yet to have a campaign like that since, Yannick Ngakoue has still been solid. Last year, he totaled 29 tackles and 9.5 sacks for the Indianapolis Colts, and in 2021, he posted a 10-sack season while with the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Washington, D.C. native has logged eight tackles and a sack through three games in 2023.