Are We Really Relitigating the the Khalil Mack Trade? And Other Bears Bullets

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Are We Really Relitigating the the Khalil Mack Trade? And Other Bears Bullets

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Vin Scully, the best to ever do it in the broadcast booth, has a way about being a soothing voice in a stressful situation:

Thanks, Vin.

  • I can’t help but wonder what would have happened with the Bears’ quarterback situation this offseason under a more stable landscape where medical information could be attainable. The Panthers reportedly tried shopping Cam Newton to the Bears, but are now set to release the 2015 NFL MVP.
  • Adding a player with Newton’s résumé and upside would have been ideal for a Bears franchise longing for great quarterback play. Bringing in someone with swagger, bravado, and skill would have done wonders to lift the spirits of a fan base that has long been troubled by mediocre and sub-par play from the signal caller. But I can understand if the Bears didn’t pull the trigger on a Newton deal because of his recent injury history. Two injury shortened seasons (shoulder and foot problems) were always going to be a cause for concern, and the inability to get medical clarity in these times likely hurt any serious pursuit.
  • With that as our table-setter today, this is important:

  • The NFL Physicians Society is discontinuing NFL-related physicals until the COVID-19 crisis is under control – a small sacrifice for the greater good. But without physicals, I’m curious if any trades or free agent additions won’t be pushed through due to a lack of medicals. And let’s not forget how this impacts the upcoming NFL Draft process. Even still … there are more important things than player physicals, which is an important lesson the NFLPS has passed along.
  • Unfortunately, the situation regarding this decision isn’t 100 percent clear. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio shared the NFL’s statement in response to the NFLPS’ message:

“As previously announced, players who are free agents or subjects of a trade are not permitted to travel to meet with any club personnel, including members of the club medical staff. Club facilities are closed to any NFL player, unless that player has been receiving ongoing medical treatment by the club’s medical team. Club medical staff are prohibited from traveling to any location to meet with or conduct a medical examination of a player. This is consistent with procedures previously announced for draft-eligible college players. Clubs may arrange for a free agent or traded player to have medical exams conducted in the player’s home city or at another nearby location by a third-party doctor.”

  • In the eyes of Florio, nothing has changed from the league’s perspective. Which leads to questions wondering why the NFLPS would issue a statement in the first place? I’m flustered by all this, but there are more pressing issues at hand right now. Hopefully, the NFL and NFLPS get their stories straight.
  • There is no smooth transition to more awkward NFL news, but here goes nothing:

  • New year, same dysfunctional Washington football organization. Good luck with all that, Ron Rivera.
  • Trent Williams wants out of Washington. And Washington seems willing to work with Williams to an extent. But these appear to be testy times for both sides, who are clearly not happy with each other. Nothing sinks trade negotiations like airing out dirty laundry. But if you’re a team interested in Williams, wouldn’t this public approach be a bit off-putting?
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  • Well, this is certainly a fire take:

  • OFF-SCREEN NARRATOR: “No, they’re not.”
  • Here is a simple breakdown of the Khalil Mack trade: Good process, results yet to be determined. After 2018, the results were good. The Bears acquired a player whose talent shifted the tide of the NFC North race, helped turn them from a 6-win team to a 12-win division champion, and ultimately put the team in a position to compete with a star-studded defense and a quarterback on a rookie scale contract. But when said quarterback didn’t take another step forward in his development, it left the Bears spinning their tires.
  • It’s almost as if the regret was rolling the dice on the wrong quarterback prospect, and *NOT* trading for an established star.
  • One of the weirdest trends to emerge from the ever-expanding sphere of  sports media coverage is the concept of think-tank conclusions that teams shouldn’t trade for star players. Acquiring good players is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong. Professional teams in salary capped leagues have budgets. But if you can fit a star player on your team without breaking your budget, then you’re doing right by your squad – and the fans who cheer them on – by bringing a high-end player onto the roster.
  • GUH:

  • Surprising not to see the Bears here …

  • … but there is an obvious catch:

  • That the NFL’s official accounting can be wonky this time of year doesn’t feel normal. But I suppose this is the cost of doing business as usual during a time of pandemic. I’m looking forward to seeing what any update holds at the end of the week.
  • This is inspiring:

  • Happy birthday to a real one:

  • This might be my favorite thing Eli has written over at BN Bulls:

Author: Luis Medina

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