A majority of this offseason was spent by Joe Schoen clearing out the roster of the New York Giants. The new general manager had the tall task of inheriting the mess that was left behind by Dave Gettleman in the front office. Rumors had been running that Kadarius Toney could be traded, which hasn’t happened yet, but could the Chicago Bears make a play for the second-year wideout?
The Giants had one of the worst cap space situations, as they were actually carrying under the maximum amount of players allowed on the roster at times last week because they lacked cap space. Schoen has done an excellent jog purging the roster this offseason, making incremental improvements along the way.
For the first time in a while, New York looks like they have a plan in place with Schoen leading the front office and Brian Daboll as head coach. But, there is still plenty of work to be done as the Giants embark on a new era.
Part of that work is figuring out which of Gettleman’s players are worth keeping. When a new regime takes over, they like to bring in their own players to fit the new philosophy and schemes that are being put in place.
One player that Schoen and Daboll will have to figure things out with is Kadarius Toney. Toney was selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and the selection never made much sense. Not only did the team have a ton of depth at the position, but his dynamic skill set was not a match for the vanilla offense that was being run.
He showed some flashes as a rookie, including a 10-catch, 189-yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys. But, that game represented a huge chunk of his season’s output, as he totaled only 39 receptions for 420 yards.
If the Giants do look to move him again, one team that could be a potential landing spot is the Chicago Bears. The Bears have arguably the least intimidating wide receiver group in the NFL. Darnell Mooney is the only player at the position on the roster with more than 42 receptions in a single season.
The Bears are hoping one of their many dart throws this season will pay off and Toney could be another one. He possesses quick-twitch athleticism and would bring speed and versatility to an offense lacking it.
If anything, this needs to be considered by the Bears so that Justin Fields has a chance to succeed. Their new regime was in a tough spot as well, but any young quarterback will struggle when put into the situation that Fields finds himself in,
A 2023 third-round pick is what Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report suggests as a trade and that could work for both sides. Schoen and the Giants rid themselves of another Gettleman pick, landing solid draft compensation.
The Bears add a dynamic playmaker to a position of need. Parting with draft capital as a rebuilding team isn’t ideal, but Toney is only entering his second season in the NFL, so he is under control through at least 2024, potentially 2025 if they exercise his option.