Likely return on a Teven Jenkins trade? Here’s what to expect

It’s amazing how quickly Teven Jenkins has gone from a potential franchise tackle to a business bait. The Chicago Bears traded to put him in the 2nd round last year. It’s quite normal that things went so badly. He represents the perfect microcosm of Ryan Pace’s tenure as GM. Too often he traded players who weren’t worth the price paid to get them. People don’t know what’s going on with Jenkins. Head coach Matt Eberflus insists it’s injury related. Insiders like David Kaplan and Jeff Hughes say it’s more of a mental issue.

Neither possibility is comforting. News quickly broke that the Bears had some entertaining trade ideas for their sophomore tackle. This is an unprecedented fall from grace. Picks this high are rarely traded after a season, especially in such a high position. This leads to the obvious question of what they may or may not receive in return for him. So I did some research. As far as I know, there have only been two instances since 1994 where a heavily drafted tackle (1st or 2nd round) was traded after a year.

Billy Milner in 1996 and Isaiah Wilson in 2021.

The Miami Dolphins drafted Milner 25th overall in 1995. A year later, they traded him to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for tight end Troy Drayton. The reasons for his trade were probably related to regime change. Longtime head coach Don Shula retired in 1996. His replacement Jimmie Johnson wanted to overhaul the roster, and Milner was one of many moves. As for Wilson, his rookie year was a disaster in Tennessee. He’s landed on the COVID list multiple times and clashed with coaches. The Titans got fed up, packing him with a 7th round pick to get a higher 7th round pick from Miami.

That may be the limit of what the Bears can expect in any trade involving Jenkins. Either a player-for-player swap or a late-round choice. Yes, he’s a high draft pick who’s still young, but Jenkins already had some serious questions on his back and now worries about the motivation surrounding him. Teams will not pay a premium for this.

Teven Jenkins is due back soon.

It’s unclear whether the Bears are doing it on purpose or not. If not, the situation for the young tackle only gets worse with each missed practice. He must return to the field and show the coaches that he cares. The best-case scenario for everyone involved is that he re-enters the competition and performs well. The Bears offensive line has been struggling in training camp so far. Jenkins was written to help solve this problem. He’s still their most talented lineman, but he can’t help if he’s not there.

If they trade him, general manager Ryan Poles is more likely to see draft compensation. He likes to stack the choices whenever possible, thus gaining flexibility. However, if a player trade becomes an option, keep an eye out for wide receivers and linebackers. The Bears have question marks at both positions. They could even trade Teven Jenkins for an offensive lineman from another team. Such exchanges have already taken place.

Polish was even part of it.

It happened in 2013 when the Chiefs and 49ers traded wide receivers Jonathan Baldwin and AJ Jenkins. He’s already proven he’s willing to cut players he doesn’t feel able to meet the Bears’ needs. Jenkins may not be in Chicago by the end of the month.

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