Roses are red,
the Bears wear blue,
Chicago’s football team needs a quarterback
to win Super Bowl number two!
• A Carson Wentz trade felt imminent at this time last week. His destination was still to be determined, but buzz had grown enough to suggest that – once the Super Bowl ended – a deal would come together. Instead, nothing has come (yet) of the rumors that had Wentz being packaged to the Bears or Colts. And now, we’re at a point where trade conversations could include more than just Wentz:
As the Carson Wentz trade saga continues, some people around the league also expect the Eagles to explore options with Zach Ertz, who is bracing for a change of scenery via release or trade, per source. Perhaps Philly could include him in a Wentz trade package to maximize value
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 13, 2021
• The Eagles have work to do in order to get out from being over the cap. Moreover, Philadelphia probably needs to move on and clear the decks for a new coaching staff. Hence, Zach Ertz’s name popping up as a possible throw-in on a potential Wentz deal. Ertz, 30, had a down 2020. But didn’t we all? He caught 36 passes for 335 yards, scored one touchdown, and missed five games due to injury. Like Wentz, there’s a case that Ertz could also use a clean slate.
• Alright, so maybe you’re thinking about how adding Ertz to a Wentz package could be a sweetener. Teaming Ertz and Cole Kmet seems like a good idea. But we can’t forget that Jimmy Graham is still under contract for 2021. And even thought he Bears could save $7 million in cap space, bringing on Ertz feels like rearranging deck chairs. Frankly, tacking on Ertz to a Wentz deal doesn’t do much for me until I can sort through what it means in terms of compensation going the other way. And that’s before diving into salary cap ramifications. Let’s face it. Once the Bears figure out the QB, they have other holes to plug. Doing so with limited resources figures to be a challenge.
• Smooth transition into Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport sorting through some of the NFL’s most regrettable contracts. And in what is a disturbing trend, a fair number of the contracts were handed out last offseason. Among them was the bitter pill that is Robert Quinn’s deal. Going through this list serves as a cautionary tale of going all-in on the open market.
• Allen Robinson definitely needed more red zone targets:
Allen Robinson II red zone stats last 3 seasons:
🔸 51 targets
🔸 0 drops
Robinson II is #3 on PFF's list of top 150 free agents pic.twitter.com/oIzAA2VNOL
— PFF (@PFF) February 14, 2021
Most red zone INTs in last 2 seasons
🔻 Sam Darnold – 6
🔻 Mitchell Trubisky – 6 pic.twitter.com/3rqeqrjfcs
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) February 12, 2021
• On the happier side of the quarterback equation:
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) February 14, 2021
• If I could bottle up that Josh McCown heater from 2013 (8 games, 66.5% completions, 1,829 yards, 13 TD, 1 INT, 109.0 rating) and inject it into the veins of Chicago’s next quarterback, it would be a game-changer. In case you’re curious, those numbers project out to a 3,568-yard, 26-touchdown, 2-interception season. Team those numbers with that 2021 Bears defense and let your imagination run wild.
• Remembering the game of a lifetime for Josh McCown:
𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟗, 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟑
With a wind chill of -9, Josh McCown throws 4 touchdown passes, rushes for another as the Bears beat the Cowboys on Monday Night Football! pic.twitter.com/zbTVYBHMFa
— This Day in Chicago Sports (@ChiSportsDay) December 9, 2019
• It wasn’t perfect, but I tip my cap to the NFL for its efforts in making it through a season during a global pandemic:
Good read with updates from @SeifertESPN
$100 million, 959,860 tests and no cancellations: How the NFL got through the season https://t.co/WDsWHimVIN
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 14, 2021
• Here’s a football-kicking robot for no reason in particular:
• What a message:
Free agents!! If y’all are thinking about coming to the Colts and play defense just know that we don’t want you if you don’t play hard, run to the ball, make plays or not willing to sacrifice yourself for ya teammate to make the play! Don’t care how big or little ya name is!
— Darius Leonard (@dsleon45) February 13, 2021
• Weak sauce:
The NFL fined #Bucs CB Antoine Winfield Jr. $7,815 for mocking Tyreek Hill’s signature peace sign after a late fourth-down stop in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl win.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 13, 2021
• This goal is as lovely as our Blackhawks coverage:
Happy Valentine's Day to this incredible game-winning goal and only this game-winning goal. pic.twitter.com/uUx1pBY9rR
— Bleacher Nation Blackhawks (@BN_Blackhawks) February 14, 2021