It wouldn't be the NFL trade deadline without the Chicago Bears making a head-scratching deal, and Green Bay Packers fans are loving it.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears are sending a second-round pick to the Washington Commanders for edge rusher Montez Sweat. Make no mistake, Sweat is a fantastic player. It just doesn't make any sense for the Bears.
At last year's trade deadline, the Bears sent a second-rounder to the Pittsburgh Steelers for wide receiver Chase Claypool. That didn't last long. Chicago traded Claypool to the Miami Dolphins for a sixth-round selection earlier this month. He lasted less than a year with the Bears.
Trading for Sweat is a better deal than the Claypool move, but it still makes no sense for the Bears.
NFL trade deadline: Bears deal for Montez Sweat has Packers fans laughing
The Bears made the type of move a contender makes. They traded for a talented edge defender on an expiring contract, a deal that could help win a championship. But the Bears aren't in contention this season.
Chicago has to hand Sweat a long-term deal. He can demand Rashan Gary money, but he's not as talented as the Packers' star pass rusher. If Sweat doesn't get the money he wants, why would he extend his deal with the Bears? He becomes a free agent in the spring. If the Bears don't pay him, they will have spent a high second-round pick for a player who plays about half a season for them.
Packers fans didn't hold back on X (formerly Twitter).
It's not just Packers fans that don't understand the move.
Wouldn't it be hilarious if Sweat does enough to help the Bears worsen their draft position and then signs a massive deal with another team in the offseason?
The Bears may have already worked out an extension with Sweat, but paying top edge rusher money also wouldn't make sense.
Sweat is an excellent player and helps Chicago's defense, but it's another head-scratching trade-deadline move by Bears GM Ryan Poles.