No Vedvik, No Turds, No Problems, and Other Bullets

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No Vedvik, No Turds, No Problems, and Other Bullets

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My fantasy baseball league’s trading deadline came, went, and resulted in one of the worst experiences I have ever had. Hopefully, fantasy football season treats me better.

(Off-screen narrator: It won’t.)

  • BLERGH! The Vikings acquired kicker Kaare Vedvik in a trade with the Ravens in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick, keeping a rumored Bears target off Chicago’s roster. But it is not as if the Bears didn’t try to swing a deal of their own! A source tells Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune that the Bears were “very much involved in trade discussions” for Vedvik, but the Ravens simply couldn’t turn down the deal they were offered from the Vikings. Would you have been comfortable with the Bears upping the ante and offering a fourth-round pick? Would GM Ryan Pace have been OK with that? That Vedvik went to a division rival is a bit of a gut-punch, but at some point the GM has to draw a line in the sand when it comes to trading for a kicker.
  • There was a lot to like about the ex-Ravens kicker, who was impressive last preseason and started off this year with a perfect exhibition opener. And because Baltimore has a track record of finding quality kickers, the fact that he is going to Minnesota stings. Is it the end of the world? Not even close. Is it disappointing? A little. But even if the Bears had landed Vedvik, there is no guarantee he would have been the solution to Chicago’s kicking problems. Ugh, this whole thing is so unsettling.
  • For what it’s worth, Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec explains the Ravens did well in trading Vedvik when they did and for the package they received:

 

 

  • Here’s the thing about being an outsider to the Ravens’ kicking situation: No one had any idea of how Vedvik was kicking in practice. If we did, I wonder how we would feel had the Bears matched or surpassed the Vikings offer. I suppose it would be encouraging to see that Vedvik shook off his practice struggles to kick well in a preseason game, but some doubt would undoubtedly remain. In the end, I’m just looking forward to the kicking-related nightmares to cease.
  • Moving on …
  • It’s a beautiful thing when the Bears’ first-round pick in 2017 links up with his second-round draft classmate:

  • Sometimes, Adam Shaheen reminds you why the Bears rolled the dice and drafted an athletic, big-bodied tight end prospect who played at Division II Ashland University in the second round. Catches like the one above serve as a reminder as to why it could be worth it to wait it out until he brings it all in. That athleticism and that body type making that snag is the stuff you dream of on draft weekend. Do it on the field and stay healthy, please.
  • The Georgia pipeline is strong:

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  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is loving it with his new team:

 

  • Pro Football Focus’ analytical grades of linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski and Tyler Bray from Thursday’s games were painful to read. It’s not the end of the world when two reserves end up highlighted as being major negatives, but it is certainly not preferred. On the other hand, some love for Deon Bush and David Montgomery could make you feel better about things.
  • The 🐐 was an influencer:

  • 🚫💩:

  • A cool, end-of-camp tradition rides on:

  • Please remember to share the love while someone is still around. Even a small token can go a long way.


Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.