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Over the course of the Chicago Bears‘ rich history, there have been many notable moves made. Whether or not they have panned out is the real topic of discussion.
Every team in the NFL has made both great trades and poor ones. Just recently, we’ve seen deals like the Houston Texans trading away All Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for next to nothing. If you’re the Arizona Cardinals, that goes down as a historically excellent trade.
If you’re Houston, on the other hand, the opposite can be said.
Even in recent history, we have seen the Bears make big and bold moves like that. A few years ago, general manager Ryan Pace shocked us all when he was able to land Khalil Mack in a blockbuster deal. Mack came in and completely leveled up the entire defense. It was worth it.
Not every significant trade has been a positive one for the Chicago Bears, though.
If you look back a little over a decade, the Bears made a huge move to acquire quarterback Jay Cutler. Now, depending on who you ask, the jury could still be out on this move.
On one hand, Cutler became the Bears’ all-time leading passer. On the other, he caused a whole lot of stress for fans game-in and game-out. The Cutler trade was by no means a bad deal. For some, it was the highlight of a rather dark time for the Bears. It provided hope.
The same cannot be said for a number of deals made by the Bears over their long history. There are five trades, specifically, that stand out as being worse than all of the others.