When it comes to the Chicago Bears’ draft-day scenarios, the possibilities seem endless.
Trade up? Back? Side-to-side? Any number of teams made sense for any number of deals. At least, they did, right up until reports began surfacing that Bears ownership might not allow a big trade-up in the 2021 NFL Draft.
But in his Chicago Tribune mailbag, Brad Biggs seems to throw water on national reports suggesting that Bears management could be handcuffing GM Ryan Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy. Citing ownership green-lighting the aggressive (but ultimately, failed) pursuit of Russell Wilson, Biggs seems to believe the Pace-Nagy tandem will be given the OK to explore trade-up possibilities for a franchise quarterback:
“Any trade that involves significant future draft capital surely would be run past ownership before it’s made. That’s true of any season and any team,” Biggs explains. “General managers aren’t going to wildly wheel and deal without clueing in the boss to what’s going on. If Pace and Nagy can present a compelling case to McCaskey to make a big draft move for a quarterback, my bet is they would receive his blessing.”
*Gestures at Bears QB room*
Making a compelling case doesn’t get any easier than that. Does it? Didn’t think so.
Seeing sentiments from national reporters hinting ownership would deny a pursuit of a trade-up scenario was unnerving. The goal of this offseason was to take every path with the end goal being unearthing one. Whether it’s a successful journey or not is something we’ll learn later. But cutting off a lane that could lead to such a move would have been counter-productive and damning. It’s as simple as this: If ownership felt it was necessary to put restraints on their GM and head coach because they weren’t to be trusted to land a possible franchise QB in the draft, then they shouldn’t have been retained for the 2021 season. We can still quibble about whether either (or both) should be back. But if you’re going to bring them back, you might as well let them try to make some magic happen.
And if it doesn’t, then you can add it to the list of reasons they shouldn’t return in 2022. Once the ink dries, then store said list for safe keeping for later. You might need it in November or December if the time comes to seek out replacements at one (or both) positions. In the meantime, the ability to go in on a trade-up grew a little today. Granted, making such a move won’t be easy. Striking the balance between finding a trade partner and the right deal figures to be a challenge. But Pace and Nagy getting the OK to do so helps more than it hurts. Even if there is a chance that their decision could hurt later.