The Chicago Bears traded outside linebacker Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers on Monday. According to an ESPN report, the Bears also traded inside linebacker Jonathan Bostic to the New England Patriots.
The Bears appear to be stocking up on future draft picks at the expense of players acquired by former general manager Phil Emery. ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports that more trades are on the way.
Running back Matt Forte is a prime candidate for a trade, since he's 29 years old and looking for a new contract. Martellus Bennett, a 28-year-old tight end who's unhappy with his contract situation, is another player who could conceivably end up on the trade block.
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Bears head coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace must weigh this year's fortunes against the team's future when making these decisions.