It sounds odd thinking about trading players after just one week of football but general managers have to see the big picture. The Chicago Bears might have a deal worth exploring with the St. Louis Rams about Chris Spencer.
Spencer and J'Marcus Webb help Jay Cutler blast Colts
Everyone knew the key to Chicago having their first glimpse of an explosive offense rested on the offensive line. Though the group gave up two sacks they kept their end of the deal in giving quarterback Jay Cutler time to shred the Indianapolis Colts defense in the Bears season opening win. Two players who helped it happen were left tackle J'Marcus Webb and left guard Chris Spencer, easily the two names that scared fans the most heading into the season. Webb earned ratings as the worst left tackle in the league last year while Spencer had a horrible preseason. GM Phil Emery and the coaches showed their faith by not shuffling the line. One game in their choice seems like a good one. However the winds changed a good deal after Sunday. Chicago added another veteran lineman to their roster in Jonathan Scott. At 29 years old he has starting experience and adds more depth to the line. On the flip side many teams around the league suffered some bad injuries that may open the door of opportunity for Emery.
Scott Wells injury puts Rams offense in a bad way
Chicago lost some draft picks for next year in getting players like Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The St. Louis Rams meanwhile hauled in a bounty of picks from Washington for the rights to Robert Griffin III. They put many of those picks to use adding talented young players to their roster. Nowhere was it more needed than on offense. Barely a week into the season and the Rams have serious injury problems. Not only did left tackle Roger Saffold go down with a bad neck injury, but high-priced center Scott Wells broke his foot. This landed him on injured reserve. He isn't likely to return until at least week 8, leaving St. Louis dangerously thin up front. The team already didn't have much depth there. These losses could spell doom for quarterback Sam Bradford. Given how sparse free agency is at this point the Rams will have to think about a trade if they want help. That is where the Bears and Spencer come in. Before joining Chicago, Spencer was center for the Seattle Seahawks for six seasons. The team released him for money reasons. Since Chicago has veteran names like Chilo Rachal and Edwin Williams who could step in at left guard, they might willingly send Spencer to St. Louis to fill in for Wells. In return they could get a draft pick back for next April.
Chris Spencer is the starter for the Chicago Bears but like J'Marcus Webb his job is never safe. The St. Louis Rams lost a lot when Scott Wells went down. Spencer is a veteran and tagged as a more natural center. It's not too far of a stretch to think about a trade.