Cooking and sharing two slabs of ribs, hot dogs, and chicken legs with my neighbors had me feeling good. In fact, I reckon that’s the best day I’ve had in quite some time. Let’s make some more good days, shall we?
• The Mitchell Trubisky era didn’t go as well as anyone would have hoped. But it’s not as if it was a total loss. Two playoff appearances in four years, the first Pro Bowl honors for a Bears QB since Jim McMahon, and highlights along the way keep us from thinking of Trubisky as a complete and unmitigated bust. And then there’s this: OverTheCap.com’s Nick Korte projects Trubisky’s signing with the Bills will net the Bears a seventh-round compensatory pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Of course, this all depends on what else the Bears do in free agency, but a future pick isn’t inconsequential. And it’s surely better than not getting anything in return.
• Whenever Trubisky arrives in Buffalo, he’ll need a new number:
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) March 19, 2021
• To this point, the Bears haven’t posted a “Thank you” post for Mitchell Trubisky. That’s … odd. Again, I realize things didn’t go all too well for Trubisky in Chicago. But he was the quarterback on two playoff teams, good in the community, and a consummate teammate. I’m not saying the Bears should throw a parade in his honor. But a small highlight package and a “thanks” on his way out the door is the minimum.
• Circling back to an earlier thought: I wish I had a better feeling about how this front office valued compensatory draft picks. Because, after not having one for decades, they’ve been awarded with at least one in each of the last two offseasons. Last year’s selection was traded for Nick Foles. A year later, I’m curious to know if they would trade one of the two received this year to get rid of Foles. And to think, had Foles performed better in his opportunity, the Bears wouldn’t have had to sign Andy Dalton to a contract that cancels out the fifth-round compensatory pick they would’ve been given for Roy Robertson-Harris’ signing with the Jaguars. Sigh. Everything circles back to goofing up at quarterback.
• The Giants may have been bidding against themselves in the Kenny Golladay sweepstakes, writes PFT’s Mike Florio. Chicago was a potential landing spot for Golladay, but at a price of about $11-12 million per year. Cincinnati was rumored to be interested, but for a $13M AAV. Baltimore’s interest was more of a ploy to nudge JuJu Smith-Schuster toward taking a deal (he didn’t, but nevertheless…). But no one was reportedly in on Golladay at any price between $14 million and $17 million. So, why did the Giants out-bid themselves? I think Florio is correct when he writes: “If Golladay wasn’t going to take less than $8 million per year from the Giants, the Giants needed to pay $18 million per year to get him.” Everyone has their price. And if Golladay’s price to play in New York was $18 million, then the Giants had to bite down hard and make it happen.
• Get this man a quarterback:
Darnell Mooney on throws 20+ yards downfield in 2020
🔸 23 targets
🔸 4 catches
Only 7 of those targets were catchable pic.twitter.com/NaJxR6mEWL
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) March 21, 2021
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• I’m looking forward to seeing the full story shared today:
Jenn Gibson, the Sports Science Coordinator and Dietician for the Bears, is inspiring the next generation to chase their dreams!
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) March 21, 2021
• Things are starting to look normal-ish in the NFL:
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) March 22, 2021
Activities to Take Place Around FirstEnergy Stadium, Including Free Fan Event
Select Prospects, Fans, Legends, Commish Goodell, Media & Networks On-Site in CLE Following COVID Protocols#NFLDraft
— NFL345 (@NFL345) March 22, 2021