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Bears Trade for Jakeem Grant

Ryan Pace might have faults, but laziness is not one of them. The Bears have made another move, trying to improve the roster by sending away a pick from the distant future to get help in the here-and-now.

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Multiple sources are reporting that the Bears are trading for wide receiver Jakeem Grant of the Miami Dolphins. Grant has played in 70 games in his career, but he has only started in 8 of them. Across the first five seasons of his career, he totaled just over a thousand receiving yards (his only two targets this year resulted in negative yards).

However, Grant has not been used as a receiving weapon all that much. Instead, the former 6th-round pick out of Texas Tech is a returner. His 89 kick returns and 101 punt returns add some much-needed experience to a return unit that is missing Tarik Cohen. This could lighten the load on Khalil Herbert, who has been managing return duties but who might also need to take a more active role at running back soon. This is because all signs point to David Montgomery needing to spend at least a few games away nursing a sprained knee (Windy City Gridiron will offer more on that situation as we know more).

In exchange, Chicago will send away a 2023 6th-round pick. Note the year. That’s not a pick for this next upcoming draft. That’s for the draft after the next draft, essentially making this a 7th-round pick.