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How does David Montgomery’s rising stock affect the passing game, an extension or even a mid-season trade?

Bears running back David Montgomery had 136 scrimmage yards against the Packers on Sunday Night Football, with 122 rushing yards on 15 carries making up a good chunk of the yardage.

This performance lifted Montgomery’s stock at the start of Week 3, which is good news for the Bears in many ways.

But before we dive into that, let’s enjoy one of the most memorable moments from Sunday’s game. And from a different point of view:

Former Bears goaltender Adrian Amos snorts at the start of the above clip. And later, Montgomery puts the safety of Amos’ companions on roller skates with a nice cut-down move.

Say what you will about Amos since leaving, but he’s been more than solid as a Green Bay defender — he even earned Pro Football Focus First-Team All-Pro honors. Darnell Savage is also an ace defensive back. The 2019 first-round pick made the NFL All-Rookie Team and had eight interceptions in his first three seasons. As a tandem, it’s as good as it gets in the NFL. And the Bears’ first rusher gave them the prime-time deal.

Here are some other great runs against Green Bay:

It was all vintage Monty. Elusive. Vision. Make play. Break tackle. Hard nosed football. The type of stuff you want from your RB1. And not only did he do it in a rebound game after a tough opener, Montgomery was doing that job on a rival in their stadium. You have to respect that.

Also? I must admit, I was so taken by the fact that Justin Fields miraculously recovered this ball that I forgot about Montgomery’s excellence in escaping potential tacklers:

Obviously, this is all good news for the Bears.

Montgomery does everything possible in the ground game should open things up for the Bears’ aerial assault. Assuming, of course, that Luke Getsy is willing to open the playbook to allow Fields to throw him 11+ times in the future.

Additionally, Montgomery’s rebound could fuel future trade talks. Hey now! Don’t give me that look. You know full well that all the potential buyers in the running back market, who saw the Bears lose like they did on Sunday, started circling Montgomery’s name before the NFL’s trade deadline on 1 november.

Admittedly, the deadline is still two months away. But it just gives us the opportunity to get ahead of the chatter. And if the Bears — who fell 1-1 (and started to look like the team many predicted would finish among the worst in the NFL) — want to shop it, those pictures against the Packers are things that front office will want to share.

On the other hand, the powers that be at Halas Hall might see this as the first piece of evidence that could lead to an extension of Montgomery.

In August, there were reports that the Bears might be waiting for an extension from Montgomery. And that made sense – understanding Montgomery’s role in the offense and waiting to see if he could level up seems like a reasonable approach before any potential expansion. Get a few shots of the new system, see if it excels, and if it does, maybe bring it up. If not, play the chain and reassess the situation after the end of the year.

Remember, Montgomery is a team leader.

Given the tough times that could lie ahead for this team, we shouldn’t underestimate the value of locker room leadership. When the best players on your team are your hardest workers, it tends to spill over.

We also need to keep in mind what a Montgomery expansion might mean in terms of the bigger picture. For example, a Montgomery extension might be good for optics. From the team’s perspective, it would show that the new regime is open-minded to the players it inherits from the previous front office. It would also be the first proof that the Bears are ready to reward their own homegrown talent. And from the player’s perspective, extending Montgomery could signal to others that he’s okay with what the team is doing in its rebuild. Montgomery already has the respect of his peers, having made the NFL’s Top 100 Players list. An extension could help tell prospect free agents that Chicago is a booming place.

Do not mistake yourself. I realize running back extensions are not popular among football thinkers today. But it shouldn’t be as narrow as “never pay RBs”. And while modern problems require modern solutions, and the racing game is the antithesis of what new age offenses do. And yet here I feel like there is a workable extension that might work for Montgomery and the Bears. For example, I can’t help but consider Leonard Fournette’s latest deal with the Bucs as a possible framework for a future deal. Three years with an average annual value of $7-8 million per year is not a type of cap-breaking contract.

Ultimately, I just wanted to put the possibilities of a Monty extension or trade on our radars. To be clear, nothing is imminent. And Montgomery himself said working out an overtime was not a priority for the season. However, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on our heads.