The Chicago Bears have announced that the first overall pick in this year’s NFL draft is available for trade to the highest bidder. Bears general manager Ryan Poles has been engaged in “starter conversations” with teams interested in moving up to number one, including the Texans, Colts, Raiders, Panthers, and Falcons, who all own top-nine picks and are in the quarterback market.
Poles stated that there was nothing specific about players, picks, or anything like that, just interest. The Bears have approximately $98.5 million in salary-cap space for free-agent shopping, but that still won’t fill all the needs on their roster. Therefore, a package of draft picks under affordable team control would accelerate the rebuild.
The Bears’ plans have put pressure on the Texans, who hold the number two pick and must decide whether to pay a premium to trade up one spot and secure their top prize or risk settling for their second-ranked quarterback. It’s a chance for the Bears to even out history, having traded two third-round picks and a fourth-round pick to swap picks from number three to number two and select quarterback bust Mitch Trubisky in 2017.
Neither Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll nor general manager John Schneider denied the recent report that quarterback Russell Wilson made a power play with ownership to get them fired before he was traded to the Broncos last offseason. The Seahawks got the last laugh, as the Broncos were a disaster during Wilson’s career-worst year, and the Seahawks made the playoffs with free-agent-to-be Geno Smith.
Bills safety Jordan Poyer is a free agent who recently said he would like to play in a state “that doesn’t take half my money,” referring to New York’s income taxes. Asked about that comment, Bills GM Brandon Beane quipped, “Can you call Gov. [Kathy] Hochul and get mine reduced, too?”
The Eagles have ten starters who are free agents, and even for master salary-cap manipulator Howie Roseman, that’s too many to re-sign. Roseman stated that they are in a good situation in terms of picks, but it’s hard to make offers that are not in the range of what a player is going to get.»Chicago Bears announces first overall pick for the year«