While Brett handles MLB’s trade deadline over at BN Cubs, yours truly pulled off a rather large (fantasy) baseball trade of his own last night. Prior to my league’s deadline, I sent Nick Castellanos, Spencer Howard, Nate Pearson, Dylan Cease, and a second-round pick for Aaron Nola, Taijuan Walker, Kyle Seager, Sean Manaea, and a fifth-rounder. That’s a lot of names going both ways. And I realize I’m giving up a ton of potential. But I’m in first place and I think Aaron Nola gets me closer to a championship. Trader Lu is in it to win it, baby!
• It’s nice to see another team get drilled for passing up the opportunity to draft Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes:
a team didn't use the #4 overall pick to draft a QB like Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson…
and instead drafted a RB named Leonard Fournette…
because they wanted to see what they had…
in QB Blake Bortles…
who they drafted #3 overall three years earlier… https://t.co/x7YOGfrfPs
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 31, 2020
• top-10 picks 7 straight yrs
• top-5 picks 6 straight yrs
and doing this:
#10 Blaine Gabbert – TRADED
#5 Justin Blackmon
#2 Luke Joeckel
#3 Blake Bortles – CUT
#3 Dante Fowler – TRADED
#5 Jalen Ramsey – TRADED
#4 Leonard Fournette – CUT
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 31, 2020
• I hope the Bears can take advantage of the Jaguars’ ineptitude and come up with a December win for a team that’s clearly #TankingForTrevor.
• Even with their draft whiffs, the Jaguars were on the cusp of greatness with the right quarterback. Teaming a developing defense with a quarterback who could sling it could have been a game-changer in the AFC South. Instead, it was a division rival (Texans) getting Watson and a conference foe (Chiefs) landing Mahomes. As a Bears fan, I realize I don’t have too much room to talk. But I can take some solace in facing Mahomes and Watson once every four years. That neither of those quarterbacks is in the Bears’ conference is a blessing.
• In that vein, sometimes I think about how different the last Super Bowl would have been had the 49ers drafted Mahomes instead of Solomon Thomas. In a twisted way, not drafting Mahomes cost San Francisco a Super Bowl. Tough break. Imagine how different the NFL landscape would have been had the 49ers drafted Mahomes or Watson. Sure, they ultimately landed Jimmy Garoppolo. But Watson and Mahomes are both on a tier above Garoppolo, and their presence could have shifted the power balance in the NFC. Don’t get me wrong. The 49ers are still part of the conference’s upper-crust. But Mahomes and Watson are quarterbacks you win because they’re on your team. Certified game-changers.
• Meanwhile, the Bears are stuck deciding between a first-round pick who hasn’t panned out and a journeyman who’s had hot streaks in the postseason. It’s not the best situation to be in. And to make things all the more unnecessarily interesting, they’re not announcing their QB1 until right before the game. Well, at least that’s what the plan is for now. I’ll bet a dollar to a donut that a national reporter (Schefter? Glazer? Pelissero? Rapoport?) scoops that by Wednesday of game week.
• No matter who’s under center in Week 1, the Bears and Lions will be treated to a new broadcast team:
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 31, 2020
• An old friend is looking for work:
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2020
• Do I think the Bears should re-sign Prince Amukamara to start opposite Kyle Fuller? No. But much like I believe there’s no such thing as having too much pitching in baseball, I insist there is no such thing as having too much cornerback depth in football. It’s a pass-happy league and having depth is paramount to team success. Amukamara isn’t the same player he was a few years ago. Hence, the Bears let him go. But he wouldn’t need to be that guy if deployed in a pinch as a reserve. Amukamara is probably looking for a starting role. However, I wouldn’t be opposed to a reunion if the price was right.
• Some tough injury news for an ex-Bear:
Not good: Trey Burton being helped off the field. Lower body injury. Not putting weight on the leg. Yikes.
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 29, 2020
#Colts TE Trey Burton has a calf strain, source says. He'll miss some time but not as bad as it could've been.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 29, 2020
• This is rather large, even if it isn’t 100 percent related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) August 30, 2020
• Hmmm …
Vikings will practice today at 2 PM but I’m told Riley Reiff isn’t expected to be there. He was in the building earlier this morning and it sounds like the Vikings have given him a deadline of tomorrow to decide whether he’ll take a restructured deal or be released.
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) August 31, 2020
• No matter what happens, here’s my favorite Riley Reiff memory:
Khalil Mack is making Riley Reiff look like a high school player pic.twitter.com/2jPNTPXAvx
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 19, 2018