That the Bears could use some help bolstering the pass-rushing ranks is a secret to no one. I mean, my 81-year-old grandma might not ever explicitly say that, but a part of me knows she knows.
But with training camp rapidly approaching, the chances to add something impactful before players and teams report are dwindling. Of course, an especially creative and aggressive front office with a young team hoping to make a surprise run in 2018 could probably find a way to add someone if the right opportunity presented itself.
And whaddaya know … Michael Walton of NBC Sports Chicago has offered up the Bears as an intriguing landing spot for Buffalo Bills pass rusher Shaq Lawson. Of course, that comes with the big caveat of if he was made available in the trade market. But it is a possibility, so let’s think about it.
The Bills drafted Lawson with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he hasn’t lived up to the lofty expectations that come with the first-round distinction. Lawson has picked up just six sacks in 21 games in his first two seasons as a pro and it’s tough to envision him as part of the Bills’ long-term plans.
To be clear, there aren’t any strong links between the Bears and Bills, nor is any deal imminent. But logically, it’s easy to connect Chicago (based on its need at the position) and Buffalo (based on possibly wanting to get something in return for a player who isn’t part of the long-term future) as possible trade partners. Tack on Vic Fangio’s history as someone who can help coach up all sorts of defenders who haven’t scratched the surface of their potential and I suppose Lawson could be next up on the reclamation project tour.
This isn’t the first time Lawson’s name has come up as a possible trade candidate either. Back in June, the idea of Lawson being on the trading block was brought up by ESPN’s Mike Rodak after he noted that the former first-round pick hadn’t carved a niche in Buffalo and that the front office had shown a previous willingness to deal former draft choices of old regimes. It’s quite possible that lightning strikes twice here. We’ll keep an eye on the situation, should one come about between now and the start of the season.