The Chicago Bears signed veteran offensive lineman Riley Reiff on July 26, a day before their training camp officially begins.
At the time of his signing, Reiff was struggling to be a starter in any of the tackle spots, but with the emergence of fifth-round rookie Braxton Jones at left and second-year OL Larry Borom at right, Reiff was turned into a backup -Roll banned. He is currently listed on the Depth map of bears as a right tackle on the second string and a left tackle on the third string.
With multiple teams suffering injuries in their respective offensive lines just three weeks into the season, Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus thinks Reiff is “a potentially hot commodity” and a likely “commercial candidate for a tackle-needy team.”
Reiff’s contract is rich in incentives
Reiff signed a one-year deal that could be worth up to $12.5 million in incentives. Per About the cap, the 33-year-old O-Lineman is due $3 million in guaranteed money and an additional $4.5 million for being on the field for 10% of the team’s offensive snaps. There is also an additional $2.5 million tied to playtime and a $2 million playoff bonus Brad Biggs the Chicago Tribune.
So far, Reiff has played one in three games a total of nine snapshots (eight on special teams, one on offense). If this continues and he’s firmly on the bench, Spielberger believes several needy teams will call.
“A handful of teams are already struggling with big losses in Week 3, most notably the San Francisco 49ers with phenom Trent Williams and the Los Angeles Chargers with rising star Rashawn Slater,” Spielberger wrote Sept. 28.
“Reiff signed an incentivized contract with the Bears that doesn’t pay much when he’s not actually playing, and he’s now firmly cemented as a swing tackle behind rookie left tackle Braxton Jones and second-round right tackle Larry Borom. Teven Jenkins is currently rotating on the right flank but could serve as a tackle depth in either spot, and Chicago was also traded for former Las Vegas Raiders first-round pick Alex Leatherwood,” Spielberger added.
Spielberger thinks bears could get the 5th all-rounder in a trade for Reiff
Last year, Reiff started 12 games for the Cincinnati Bengals. In 420 pass block snaps at right tackle, he allowed 4.0 sacks, three QB hits and 21 pressings, per PFF. The 11-year-old vet has been consistent since joining the league with the Detroit Lions in 2012 and has played at least 13 games each season through 2021.
“He’s a reliable, above-average starter in the NFL — a very valuable asset, especially given the injury struggles across the league,” Spielberger noted.
Spielberger proposed a trade in which the Bears would send Reiff along with a 2024 sixth-round pick to the Chargers in exchange for a 2024 fifth-round pick.
If the Bears could get a future Round 5 pick for a backup orienteer, they should jump on it. Bears general manager Ryan Poles had a ton of success in Round 5 of the 2022 draft when he picked two crucial factors with Jones and promised defensive end Dominique Robinson.
Trading closes on November 1st. So if Spielberger is right and Reiff becomes a hot commodity, soon look for teams to start calling the Bears with requests.
https://heavy.com/sports/chicago-bears/ol-riley-reiff-demand-trade-market/ PFF: Bears OL Riley Reiff could be a hot trade