Bears urged to trade recently signed veteran to needy AFC team

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The Chicago Bears recently added veteran offensive lineman Michael Schofield III to their 53-man roster after placing second-year OL Alex Leatherwood on the non-football/disease list (NFI).

Leatherwood will be out for at least four weeks with Mono, and while Schofield was inactive for the team’s second-week contest against the Green Bay Packers, one analyst thinks the Bears could sell the veteran O-lineman to a very needy Cincinnati Bengals team .

The 31-year-old Schofield started in 12 games for the Los Angeles Chargers last year and appeared in 15. He’s played in 102 NFL games (81 starts) since joining the league in 2015, but he didn’t look well in the preseason and the Bears ended up releasing him as part of their final roster cuts.

The Bengals attempted to overhaul their offensive line this offseason, adding veteran La’el Collins and left rookie Cordell Volson, among others, but the unit has already given up 13 sacks in two games and Collins is out with an injury this week 3. Are you desperate enough to try and trade for a guy like Schofield?

Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox pitched the Bengals as a potential trading partner for the Bears in his Sept. 20 column. In exchange for Schofield, Knox believes the Bears could get a sixth-round pick in 2023 from Cincy.

“Schofield, who has been cut and rejoined the drill squad, is likely a short-term deep solution for Chicago,” Knox wrote Sept. 20.

“The Bears should seriously consider offering Schofield to the Cincinnati Bengals,” he added. “The defending AFC champions find themselves in a 2-0 gap at the start of the season and their offensive line remains a massive question mark. The signings of La’el Collins, Alex Cappa and Ted Karras should remedy last year’s biggest weakness. That didn’t happen. Quarterback Joe Burrow has been sacked 13 times in the league despite being under pressure on just 18.2 percent of his dropbacks.”

With Leatherwood expected to return in October, Knox thinks the Bears are wise to shop Schofield, and the Bengals are among the neediest teams out there when it comes to offensive line depth.

“Adding Schofield would give Cincinnati another option as they continue to shuffle their offensive line and try to find a combination that Burrow can protect. Chicago, meanwhile, could get something for a player who might be out once Leatherwood is ready to return,” Knox posited.

That is the crucial question. Cincinnati could have added Schofield after Chicago cut him, but the team had no growing concern about protecting QB Joe Burrow at the time.

Schofield didn’t play Week 1 – he watched Chicago’s wet 19-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers from home – and the Illinois native admitted he was glad Chicago was looking his way as Leatherwood looked to the NFI list came.

“I’m definitely excited to be back, especially after watching the first game,” Schofield said on the Bears official website. “It kind of sucked to watch it from home but it was pretty cool watching and watching this weather and how the team acted and played and how great it looked. So I was dying to come back and was pretty excited to get the call to come back.”

If Leatherwood returns, however, Schofield will likely be the underdog again. Buying him in for a team like Cincinnati is a great idea – and a general manager, Ryan Poles, should be considered.

Bears urged to trade recently signed veteran to needy AFC team

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