Bears Still Open To Trading OL Teven Jenkins?

Teven Jenkins hasn’t had the start to his NFL career that he or the Bears had hoped for. His name been included in trade talk recently as a result, leaving open the possibility that his second pro season would take place elsewhere. 

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The 2021 second-rounder was seen as a long-term solution at one of the team’s tackle spots by former GM Ryan Pace. Instead, his struggles on the edge left him practicing with the second-team offense during the spring. Failing to impress the new front office, led by Ryan Poles, the 24-year-old quickly found himself on the roster bubble.

The Bears entertained trade calls on the Oklahoma State alum earlier this month, a telling sign given his age and draft status. Nothing sufficiently tempting materialized, given his continued presence on the roster, but that could change. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that a deal sending Jenkins elsewhere is still “certainly possible” (video link).

Aside from factors like his affordability on a rookie deal for three more years, Chicago could hold on to Jenkins if he performs well at right guard, where he was recently deployed. He has an opportunity to win a starting role on the inside, with recent signee Riley Reiff the likely candidate at RT. According to his new offensive coordinator, Jenkins has embraced the opportunity to establish a first-team spot at the less glamorous position.

“Teven’s done a great job of accepting that challenge at right guard,” Luke Getsy said (Twitter link via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times). If he impresses at that position, a release would become even less likely than it already is. A trade, likewise, would also be less of a consideration from the Bears’ perspective as roster cuts are finalized and the team looks to take a much-needed step forward on offense.

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