As we approach the NFL trade deadline at the end of the month, it will be necessary for all 32 teams to evaluate their first-half performances and make significant moves to improve their rosters. For the NY Giants, it's up in the air if general manager Joe Schoen makes any calls after a rough start through the season's first five weeks. The offensive line has undoubtedly been Big Blue's weakest link, so the team may look to either sell or upgrade in that area.
All signs point to the offensive line struggles on and off the field stemming from second-year tackle Evan Neal. The former 2022 first-round pick has been charged with three penalties and has allowed one sack this season, resulting in a 36.1 overall grade by Pro Football Focus (before Week 6).
After criticism from the fans, the former No. 7 overall pick has been talked about around the nation for his negative comments toward the Giants faithful, which is not a good look for the organization. With that said, could the G-Men look to trade him before the deadline? Here are four teams who could be interested:
4. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have struggled tremendously this season until Week 5 when they defeated the Washington Commanders 40-20 on Thursday Night Football. The win could be the spark for the Bears to get things going this season; however, they sit with a 1-5 record, and many fans believe the organization's best option is to rebuild and tank for USC's quarterback Caleb Williams, who is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in this upcoming NFL Draft.
This will be a make-or-break rest of the season for Bears' quarterback Justin Fields to prove he is the right man for the job in Chicago. Regardless, we can expect the Bears to receive a top-five pick and address one of their most consistent weaknesses in their offensive line. While general manager Ryan Poles will most likely not draft a top offensive lineman in the first round after selecting Darnell Wright with the 10 overall pick last year, it is not out of the question for him and the Bears' front office to try and trade for some depth.
Since 2022, Fields has been the most sacked quarterback across the league. The Bears starting tackles are Larry Borom and rookie Wright, who ranks first among Bears players and rookie offensive linemen in run-blocking and presents a lot of potential. With Braxton Jones injured, Borom has had to step up, and he's struggled to adjust to left tackle after primarily being used on the right side; the Bears could be looking for upgrades at the position.
With Neal not becoming a free agent until 2027, we can expect the Giants to look for ways to get out of his contract if his struggles continue. I wouldn't be surprised if Schoen begins looking for potential trade partners this month, and the Bears could be an excellent fit.