Bears GM Emery cautious about trading for help
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter October 21, 2013 9:14PM
Updated: November 23, 2013 6:25AM
Time is dwindling for Bears general manager Phil Emery if he wants to bolster his injury-riddled roster through a trade.
The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday. Emery said Monday at Halas Hall that he has looked into trades over the last couple of weeks but ‘‘we just haven’t found the correct combination of value and player exchange.’’
He stressed that ‘‘trades aren’t dependent on injury perspective.’’ Quarterback Jay Cutler (groin tear) and linebacker Lance Briggs (fractured shoulder) have joined a large list of important players now out with serious injuries.
The defense definitely could use some help, especially up front. Defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins are out for the rest of the season with anterior cruciate ligament injuries, and defensive ends Julius Peppers and Shea McClellin are failing to get to opposing quarterbacks at a satisfying rate.
Emery said the Bears were looking at veteran linebackers on the free-agent market. Briggs will be out around six weeks, according to the team.
‘‘We’re going through that review process,’’ Emery said.
Emery said the Bears’ tight salary-cap situation wasn’t limiting him on the trade front.
‘‘The most limiting factor is getting equal value,’’ he said. ‘‘When you don’t get equal value, you can put the team in a position, short- and long-term, of not being where you want to be roster-wise.
‘‘If we find one that . . . works to our benefit at positions of needs that I think are obvious in terms of the attrition that we’ve had, we would make that trade.’’