Songs that are currently stuck in my head: “Hallelujah” by Panic! At The Disco.
Good luck getting that earworm out.
- It’s not that yesterday’s Robert Quinn trade came as a surprise. We’ve been discussing the possibility of a Quinn deal since last March. But it was still a bit jarring to see it go down just days after he was suited up for the Bears’ win on Monday Night Football. Nevertheless, Quinn was dealt to the Eagles in exchange for a fourth-round pick. The fallout will be plentiful, and we start tackling it here. Elsewhere, commentary from 670 The Score (Emma), Sun-Times (Finley), NBC Sports Chicago (Schrock), Tribune (Kane & Wiederer), PFT (Florio), and The Athletic (Jahns and Fishbain & Howe and Berman) is worth taking in for a larger piece of perspective.
- CBS Sports gives the Bears a “B” grade for their part in the Robert Quinn trade, which looks like a win-win for both sides. I’m often hesitant to give letter grades immediately after trades, but this is the type of deal in which both sides receive something they were looking for in a trade. Philly gets a big-play pass-rusher who owns one of football’s most decorated résumés. Meanwhile, Chicago lands some much-needed draft capital. When both sides get something they want, it is hard to declare anyone a “loser” in a trade like this one.
- Well done, Philly:
- I hadn’t really thought of the salary floor minimum spending requirement, so this is a good catch from Andrew Brandt:
- And with that, we’re reminded as to why the Bears can’t just simply unload the decks.
- The people demand more trades!
- What if the Quinn deal is just the beginning? Last year’s Bears regime would’ve scoffed at trading Quinn ahead of the deadline. But what’s old is out and what’s in is a fresh set of eyes trying to undo the mistakes of the past. And with that in mind, I can’t help but wonder if Poles isn’t done with a roster shakeup.
- Would he try to buy low on Elijah Moore? The disgruntled Jets wideout wants out of New York, and a trade to Chicago could lend itself to more snaps, reps, targets, catches, and production. Remember, Darnell Mooney is the only receiver under contract for the 2023 season. In a recent Around the NFL post, Patrick shared a reporter’s tweet declaring a belief from league circles that there is an expectation the Dolphins will trade tight end Mike Gesicki. I think the Bears want more than a pass-catcher at the tight end spot, but perhaps Gesicki could be deployed as an oversized slot receiver. The pass-catching skills are for real.
- There is a prevalent thought that the Bears would be foolish to trade for a receiver ahead of the deadline, but I’m not vibing with that line of thinking. And this is Exhibit A as to why I’m not opposed to cutting a deal now instead of waiting for free agency:
- Don’t get me wrong. Jakobi Meyers, Allen Lazard, and JuJu Smith-Schuster would be welcome additions to the Bears’ receivers room. But those players are a few tiers below what would’ve been the top of the class featuring Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, Terry McLaurin, Mike Williams, and AJ Brown.
- Speaking of receivers, it is worth pointing out that the Bears opened the 21-day practice window in which Byron Pringle can return. Pringle, who has been out with a calf injury, is eligible to come off IR this week. And it’s worth knowing for future reference that guard/center Cody Whitehair is eligible to return as soon as next week. There hasn’t been much in terms of injury updates for either of these players. But it felt like a good time to share a potential timeline for the possible return of a pair of Bears starters.
- Minor roster shuffling sees Dieter Eiselen join the Bears’ active roster and receiver Daurice Fountain taking the practice squad spot that was opened after Eiselen’s departure. (Kevin Fishbain, The Athletic)
- Something to look forward to today:
- Aye, but take it easy on Jaquan Brisker. He is deserving of an extra day of light work after this sequence:
- With Robert Quinn gone, B/R needs to update its trade block power rankings.
- Some worthwhile threading:
- The Bulls won last night *AND* dropped off some highlights in the process:
- This is probably Aaron Rodgers’ fault, too:
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