After being acquired by the Bears at the trade deadline, Montez Sweat shall be sticking round Chicago. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the sting rusher has agreed to a four-year extension price $98M in new cash. Together with this season, the deal is price a complete of $105M.
The contract consists of near $73M in assured cash, in keeping with Rapoport. With a $24.5M common annual worth, Sweat ought to now rank fifth amongst cross rushers in yearly cash.
That’s definitely some huge cash for a participant with zero Professional Bowl appearances, zero All-Professional nods, and nil 10-sack seasons on his resume. Nonetheless, Sweat must be on his technique to undertaking most (if not all) of these feats this season. In his eight begins with the Commanders, the 27-year-old collected 6.5 sacks to associate with 32 tackles, 11 QB hits, and a pair of compelled fumbles.
Professional Soccer Focus has Sweat ranked twenty eighth amongst 107 qualifying edge rushers, though the positioning offers him a top-three grade on the place for his run protection. Additional, the positioning ranked him as a top-10 edge rusher in 2022, with Sweat ending that marketing campaign with 8.5 sacks, 28 QB hits, and 14 tackles for loss. The previous first-round choose is simply ending his rookie contract, and whereas he doesn’t have the observe file of a few of the league’s different top-paid cross rushers, the Bears are clearly banking on his upside.
The Bears despatched a second-round choose to Washington for the sting rusher on the commerce deadline. The entrance workplace definitely raised some eyebrows with the transfer; the second-round choose ought to come early contemplating Chicago’s 2-6 file, and Sweat was set to hit free company following the 2023 marketing campaign. The Bears made it abundantly clear that they supposed to re-sign the upcoming free agent, though Sweat was noncommittal after becoming a member of the workforce.
“I believe all that goes into play from monetary to the folks round me to the gamers within the constructing, all that kind of stuff like that,” Sweat said earlier this week. “I simply obtained right here. I’m nonetheless attempting to determine the place I’m going to put my head at tonight.”
Chicago in the end didn’t take lengthy to get the deal finished. The commerce and extension isn’t not like final yr when the Dolphins traded for Bradley Chubb hours earlier than the commerce deadline. Two days later, they completed out extension talks.
In fact, contemplating the draft capital they gave up, the Bears had been ready to make use of the franchise tag on Sweat if the 2 sides couldn’t comply with a brand new deal. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes, the Bears can now use that tag on somebody like cornerback Jaylon Johnson, who wasn’t dealt on the deadline regardless of a public commerce request.
Chicago, which traded Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn final yr, has rolled out one of many worst pass-rushing items within the NFL over the previous two campaigns. They’ll now be relying on Sweat to be guiding that grouping for the foreseeable future.