LA Chargers trade Dontrelle Inman to Chicago Bears
Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers announced at the team’s press conference on Wednesday that the organization had traded wide receiver Dontrelle Inman to the Chicago Bears. In exchange for Inman the Bolts received a 2018 conditional seventh-round draft pick.
The Bears have been decimated at the wide-receiver position due to injury thus far through the 2017 season, losing both Kevin White and Cameron Meredith to the injured-reserve list. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton has been banged up at times during the year, as well. Prior to Wednesday’s acquisition of Dontrelle Inman from the Chargers, Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy were manning the starting spots for the Bears.
Clearly, the situation at wide receiver for Chicago is one of the most dire in all of the National Football League.
I am not here to pretend that Inman is the solution to their wideout troubles, but he’ll be able to help the Bears relatively soon, perhaps even this Sunday. The former Toronto Argonaut has good size at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. Though he won’t be setting any land-speed records, Inman is a decent route-runner who has improved dramatically in that department since entering the league. He manages to get open by finding holes in zone coverages by reading the defense pre-snap and as the play develops post-snap. Possessing more than adequate hands, you won’t see him drop many passes that are thrown accurately in his catching radius.
Trading for Inman made a lot of sense for the Bears, and it did for the Chargers, too; 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams is now healthy and has been added to the 53-man roster for the last two weeks (where he’ll obviously stay as long as he is healthy). For the time being — fingers crossed — No. 1 target Keenan Allen has been healthy starting on one side of the offense while Tyrell Williams starts opposite of him. Add to that mix Travis Benjamin, Hunter Henry, Antonio Gates and Melvin Gordon, and the Bolts’ collection of wideouts and weapons made Dontrelle Inman expendable.
The former CFL standout was sparsely used this season, as he suffered a core muscle injury in May and subsequently underwent surgery to repair the injury. Though he is now healthy, Inman has been a healthy scratch the last two games due to the rookie Williams being healthy. He has been limited to two receptions for nine yards in ’17.
Since joining the Chargers via the CFL in 2014, Dontrelle Inman has snagged 105 receptions for 1,454 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons — two in San Diego and the first seven weeks of the 2017 regular season in Los Angeles.