The Chicago Bears acquired former first-round pick Montez Sweat from the Washington Commanders in exchange for a second-round pick on Tuesday, October 31, according to people with knowledge of the deal that was shared with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
“Sources: The #Bears and #Commanders are in agreement on a massive trade for star pass-rusher Montez Sweat to land in Chicago in exchange for a 2nd round pick,” Rapoport wrote on his X account.
The decision was made a few hours before Tuesday’s 4:00 p.m. ET NFL trade deadline. Sweat and former No. 2 overall pick Chase Young are among the players about whom the Commanders are reportedly in multiple talks with teams. The team is expected to move one of the two players despite their 3-5 start to the season and their upcoming free agency.
“We’ve really developed a camaraderie, a strong friendship,” Sweat said when asked about his relationship with Young via ESPN. “It would be detrimental to split us up.”
Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, two interior defensive linemen who together represent 13% of the team’s 2024 salary cap, were reportedly called up by the Commanders. During his first five seasons, Sweat, 27, was taken by Washington with the 26th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has started all 67 games in which he has participated, totaling 197 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 47 tackles for loss, 85 quarterback hits, one interception, and one touchdown.