The Stefon Diggs Trade Just Opened a Portal to a Possible Bears Draft Night Trade Heist

Bears GM Ryan Poles
Bears GM Ryan Poles

Wednesday’s Stefon Diggs trade came out of nowhere. And while the Houston Texans aren’t in the Chicago Bears division (or even conference), this is the kind of deal that could have some wide-ranging impact around the league.

Especially after reading through the latest reporting from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which made me raise an eyebrow:

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That there are no guarantees that Stefon Diggs will be a member of the Houston Texans beyond the 2024 season is wild. Houston wiping clean the final three years of Diggs’ contract with the Bills and clearing a path to his free agency after the 2024 campaign isn’t something I saw coming with this trade. In other words, Texans sent a 2025 second-round pick to the Buffalo Bills to snag a 30-year-old Diggs on a one-year deal.

Meanwhile, the Bears traded a 2024 fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Chargers to get Keenan Allen on a one-year deal.

The term “masterclass” gets thrown around liberally to the point where it is losing meaning. But what Bears General Manager Ryan Poles swung to get Allen to Chicago looks like a masterful handling of a situation. Poles leveraged the Chargers’ cap situation to their advantage to get an ace receiver at a bargain price. Well done, good sir. But just know that your work isn’t done.

Bears GM Ryan Poles
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Bears could squeeze a ton of value out of trading the No. 9 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft

In isolation, the Stefon Diggs trade was a game-changer. When news of it came across the wire, I thought about how it could impact all sorts of football spaces. What does a Diggs trade do for the balance of power in the AFC South? Could this be the kind of move that catapults C.J. Stroud into the MVP conversation? Are the Texans now the favorite to knock off the Kansas City Chiefs? Those are all real questions worth asking. But also, I couldn’t help but think about any potential Bears ramifications.

And then I saw this tweet from ESPN’s Field Yates:

Since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the potential of the Bears getting an offer they can’t refuse from a team desperate enough to trade up in the draft for a receiver or offensive tackle. Sure, the Bears *COULD* take one for themselves. I would be perfectly OK if that scenario plays out. Frankly, if the Bears can land a blue-chip talent with the No. 9 pick they should make the selection with no hesitation. Because, ideally, this will be the last time Chicago’s football team is picking in the top 10 for the foreseeable future. So they might as well make the most of the pick.

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Then again, the idea of trading back, stashing picks, and giving your team a few spins at the wheel has its own allure. Would you be wholly opposed to the Bears trading back to a spot where they can take an edge defender like Jared Verse, Laiatu Latu, or Chop Robinson? Is a potential game-wrecking 3-technique defensive tackle (Byron Murphy II? Johnny Newton?) a better target for later in Round 1? What about a lineman with potential versatility such as Troy Fautanu, Jackson Powers-Johnson, or Graham Burton? Hey, a receiver like Brian Thomas Jr. could be an ideal fit. The options seem limitless when you allow your mind to stray.

As for trade partners, the Bills (obviously) come to mind after trading Diggs. Looking through some mock drafts, I wonder if a team like the Raiders, Saints, Bengals, or Steelers sees an offensive lineman they have to take. There are other options. Heck, there are possibilities that even my wildest imagination can’t envision at this time.

Night 1 of the NFL Draft is often so unpredictable that I position myself to expect the unexpected. Weird things happen. Team owners get antsy. Front offices get desperate. And the Chicago Bears are actually in a position to leverage that to their advantage. I’m not sure how the cookie will crumble, but this DIggs trade could have league-wide ramifications. So stay tuned.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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