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Roster Move: Bears trade for DE Montez Sweat


The Bears on Tuesday bolstered their pass rush by acquiring defensive end Montez Sweat from the Commanders in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick, pending a physical.

"Montez is a huge addition to our team," said general manager Ryan Poles. "He is not only a great player but a great person. We expect him to help elevate our defense."

Sweat, 27, has started all 67 games he's appeared in over five seasons with Washington, registering 197 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 47 tackles-for-loss, one interception that he returned 15 yards for a touchdown and nine forced fumbles.

The 6-6, 262-pounder was selected by the Commanders with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2019 draft out of Mississippi State. He started all 16 games in each of his first two seasons, recording 50 tackles and 7.0 sacks in 2019 and 45 tackles and 9.0 sacks in 2020.

Check out photos of new Bears defensive lineman Montez Sweat in action.

Sweat has started all eight of Washington's games this season, compiling 32 tackles and 6.5 sacks, including six tackles and 1.5 sacks in a loss to the Bears Oct. 5 on Thursday Night Football at FedExField.

The only games that Sweat has missed in his five NFL seasons came in 2021 when he sat out six contests.

In a corresponding move, the Bears waived defensive end Khalid Kareem. They also released cornerback Joejuan Williams from the practice squad.

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