Poles Strikes, Trade Fallout, More About Moore, Draft Pick Update, Fan Reaction, and Other Bears Bullets

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Poles Strikes, Trade Fallout, More About Moore, Draft Pick Update, Fan Reaction, and Other Bears Bullets

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It’s a ridiculously early set of Bears Bullets for me because I have family obligations in Miami. And then, World Baseball Classic shenanigans. Huzzah!

  • I could either spend hundreds of words to say it or I could share this tweet from ESPN’s Field Yates, which does everything I would want in 229 characters. Or just 48 words, if you’re keeping track at home:
  • The fan reaction was everything I was expecting it to be:
  • We’re going to debate the heck out of so much moving forward. What should the Bears do with their picks? How should they divvy up targets? Will the free agency focus shift to defense? But let’s soak this in for the moment. We don’t have enough moments in which Bears fandom is wholly united. This is one of those moments. Let’s enjoy it while we can.
  • I love how similar Chase Claypool’s reaction to the deal was to ours:
  • The players! They’re just like us!
  • We’re going to read and hear a bunch of things showering Bears GM Ryan Poles for making a good trade. And we should. But what sticks with me is what makes it a good trade. In a year when maximizing the return was vital, Poles did it. He traded back without falling out of the top 10, which was of the utmost importance. In cutting the deal, Poles also brought in a second second-round pick to play with on Day 2 of the Draft. And with that, we no longer have to obsess over the Steelers swiping pick No. 33 in the Chase Claypool trade. On top of that, there are also future draft considerations — an extra first in 2024, plus a second in the 2025 NFL Draft. In the end, it was the inclusion of DJ Moore that put this thing over the top.
  • Ryan Poles is a man after my own heart:
  • As someone who does fantasy trades at all hours of the day and night, this one really inspires me. We’re gonna get a brand new Trader Lu.
  • If you would’ve asked me the same question, I would’ve given you the same answer:
  • Poles really turned a 14-loss season into the first overall pick. And that ultimately turned into the 9th and 61st picks in April’s draft, a 2024 first-rounder, a 2025 second-rounder, and a stud pass-catcher for an offense that needs one. This was a master class in leveraging the situation and making the best of it. This was chef’s kiss good.
  • Speaking of the draft, this is what the Bears’ collection of picks looks like for this upcoming draft:
  • Ten picks. And Poles could still conceivably trade out of the ninth spot. I wouldn’t recommend it. Although, I’m not opposed to collecting more draft capital. There appears to be a sweet spot of first-round talent the Bears can snag between 9 and 20. This could give the Bears another opportunity to move back.
  • While we’re doing the offseason reset thing, the Bears’ cap flexibility has taken a hit. But don’t fret, my friends. That is a good thing. Chicago is still $75,245,261 under the cap after absorbing what’s left on the extension Moore signed with Carolina in 2022, per OverTheCap.com’s calculations. Moore isn’t set to be a free agent until after the 2025 season. If he does with the Bears what he did with the Panthers, then he will be in line for a new set of paper in due time. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
  • A reminder of who’s throwing the ball to Mr. Moore moving forward:
  • Any questions about who Chicago’s QB1 is moving forward?
  • It’s a small sample, but the much-maligned Sam Darnold was 21-for-36 for 386 yards, 4 TD, and a 109.3 passer rating when targeting Moore last year. That should give you an idea of how valuable Moore is to his quarterback. Darnold’s overall QB rating last year was 92.6. In other words, Darnold was 16.7 points better than his usual self when throwing to Moore. Or, let’s put it a different way. Darnold was 2022 Joe Burrow (100.8 passer rating) when targeting Moore. When he wasn’t, Darnold was 2022 Kirk Cousins (92.5 passer rating). Does that put it in a better overall perspective?
  • The Carolina Panthers are on the clock.
  • Ooh, this looks like it can be fun:
  • We’ll share details when we can. But in the meantime, I’m getting excited about it. Think we’ll have something to discuss?
  • Some top Cubs prospects have been sent to minor league camp:
  • It is absolutely wild how the Bulls continue to find themselves in the playoff hunt:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.