Sunday, August 14, 2022

Max Scharping Has Trade Buzz. Why The Bears Should Be Interested

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The Chicago Bears have an issue with their offensive line. With training camp three weeks away, they only have two spots locked in with starters. Lucas Patrick will play center, and Cody Whitehair is the left guard. Every other spot is to be determined. It looks like left and right tackle will come down to a combination of Larry Borom, Teven Jenkins, and Braxton Jones. The biggest concern facing the team might be right guard. They already had no clear starter before veteran Dakota Dozier injured his knee. GM Ryan Poles has to consider alternatives. Max Scharping is one of them.



The trick is finding somebody that is solid but also young and cheap. Such parameters make it difficult for the Bears. Scharping might be one that fits the profile. The former 3rd round pick is 25 years old and spent last season playing right guard for the Houston Texans. He was reliable enough, allowing just 19 pressures in 400 pass-blocking snaps. Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report believes the turnover in Houston has made him a likely trade candidate.

“Desirable trade targets aren’t exactly plentiful in Houston. But teams are always searching for experienced offensive line depth, and Max Scharping fits the bill.

Scharping started 33 games over his first three seasons, though a transition appears to be occurring along the Texans’ offensive interior. Beyond Green’s selection in the draft, Houston signed veterans A.J. Cann and Justin Britt to man right guard and center, respectively.”

Max Scharping would be a fun homecoming story. Sort of.

The offensive lineman grew up in Green Bay but went to college at Northern Illinois. So he’s quite familiar with the region. He’d be closer to family and friends if he came to Chicago. Undoubtedly, he would jump at the chance to join the Bears. He would be easily their best option at guard over guys like Sam Mustipher and rookies Zachary Thomas and Ja’Tyre Carter. Nobody is saying this is the ideal solution. It has to be about doing anything possible to safeguard Justin Fields.

His protection was atrocious last year, and it doesn’t look like it has improved. Max Scharping is a solid guard with starting experience. He may not change the landscape of the offensive line, but he would at least bring more stability. His contract is affordable, and the price to get him likely won’t go above a 6th round pick once the Texans decide to move on. He would also be a good fit for the Bears’ offense, given his run blocking strength and adequate athleticism.

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Navylifer3
Navylifer3
Jul 3, 2022 1:23 pm

Erik,   These “possible” roster-cut, additions are interesting…keep ’em coming. Do you think Poles will finally be aggressive during roster-cut season?   Similar to your article’s approach, a fundamentally sound front office uses an opponent personnel board to identify prime targets possibly destined to be trimmed from their current roster. While long-in-the-tooth vets and slow, lumbering O-Linemen will stay off the BEARS’ target list, do you see Poles using Quinn as a “sweetener” to TARGET specific potential cuts before they come on the open market?   Also, since BEARS additions of roster-cutdown veterans are now likely to be the main/only… Read more »

Mike
Mike
Jul 2, 2022 9:14 pm

Make it happen Poles.

hmw
hmw
Jul 2, 2022 5:01 pm

Scharping to 49ers for JG. TX gets a mentor for Mills and SF gets an OL. Or perhaps Scharping and a 2023 third or fourth round for JG and Ebukam. In this scenario the 9ers get some additional draft capital and the Texans get a better than average edge who can play the run as well as rush the passer. The 9ers have a bunch of good DLs and some UDFAs who could make the roster so it is addition by subtraction for them. TX gets an upgrade to the roster on both sides of the ball and only has to commit… Read more »

Bill Kowalski
Bill Kowalski
Jul 2, 2022 3:51 pm

Adding Patrick makes the Bears O line better and Jenkins moving to RG in a wide zone running scheme is a plus vs Daniels who the Bears didn’t resign

Bear Down
Bear Down
Jul 2, 2022 10:29 am

He’s stating that Justin Fields protection was atrocious, not Scharping’s abilities.

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