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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:48 pm    Post subject: Windycity/Chisoxguy7 Mock Offseason Collaboration 3/1/13 Reply with quote

Re-signings [9.5 million spent]

DT Henry Melton Franchise and Trade

Melton is a good player that wants to be paid like a great player and while the Bears need him on defense they need the resources on offense worth.

OG Lance Louis 4 years 12 million/4 guaranteed

This deal is similar to the one signed by Kraig Ubrik in Buffalo and the Bears protect themselves with a lower guarantee and the language of the contract. If healthy Louis can still make his money and if injured still the Bears can get out with paying him the 1 year total and allowing him to move on. The heavy back load gives the Bears options.

Year 1: 1 million salary [1]
Year 2: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 3 million salary/ [3]

LB Brian Urlacher 2 years 6 million/4 guaranteed/4 incentives

Urlacher comes back for 2 years on a team friendly incentive deal and is allowed to retire a Bear and get his Ray Lewis send off and he can still earn 5 and 6 million respectively if he can lead the defense for 80% of snaps. If he cannot the Bears can move on and he will only cost 2 million in dead space.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed/1 million [50% of snaps], 1 million [80% of snaps] [3]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed/1 million [50% of snaps], 1 million [80% of snaps] [3]

LB Nick Roach 3 years 8 million/3 guaranteed

He is a versatile back up who can start at SLB and back up all 3 positions. He has always produced for this defense and deserves to be back.

Year 1: 1 million salary [1]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [3]
Year 3: 3 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [4] Probably Released

CB Kelvin Hayden 2 years 4 million/2 guaranteed

The nickel back and primary back up is important in this defense and while the days of Hayden being a long term starter are over I think he fits in this defense, likes the city and will give the Bears a reasonable deal to stick around.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [2]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [2]

OT John Scott 1 year 1 million/500K guaranteed [1]

He played pretty well at RT and he looks like a nice potential swing OT and back up.

RB Armando Allen RFA Tender [700K]

He has the speed and hands that Trestman likes as a potential compliment to the much bigger Bush and Forte and he was good on special teams.

DT Nate Collins RFA Tender [700K]

This is a steal for a guy with as much potential as Collins who flashed last season. The Bears let Okoye go to bring him back in.

Cuts [4.85 million saved]

WR Devin Hester [1.8 million]

Angelo built Hester into something he could not be leaving him bitter and emotional and the fans resentful that they did not get their sprinkles and twiests. Hester has not developed as WR and he is declining as a kick returner. On top of on field decline he has become poutty and emotional and he clearly needs a fresh start. I try to trade him but then I move on.

TE Kellen Davis [2 million]

This explanation is easy to write as Davis is terrible at everything, he was a Lovie guy and the Bears can cut him and get 2 million dollars back.

TE Matt Spaeth [1.05 million]

Spaeth isn't much more than a blocker, and for 1 million dollars the Bears can find someone in the draft or look through UDFAs.

Restructure and Extend [11 million saved]

WR Brandon Marshall [6 million saved]

Original Deal: 2 year 18 million
New Deal: 4 years 44 million/30 guaranteed [11 million a season like other top WRs]
Total Contract: 6 years 62 million/30 guaranteed [44 million in new money, 30 million in new guarantees]

Year 1 Original Deal [2013]: 1 million salary/2 guaranteed [3]
Year 2 Original Deal [2014]: 5 million salary/4 million guaranteed [9]
Year 3: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 4: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 5: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 6: 9 million salary/ 3 million guaranteed [12] Probably Released, also low bonus space for restructuring.

CB Charles Tillman [5 million saved]

Original Deal: 1 year 8 million
New Money: 3 years 21 million/15 guaranteed [7.25 average salary]
Total Contract 4 years 29 million/15 guaranteed

Year 1 Original Deal [2013]: 1 million salary/2 guaranteed [3]
Year 2: 3 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [8]
Year 3: 4 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [9]
Year 4: 6 million salary/ 3 million guaranteed [9] Can be cut for a 5 million savings.

Free Agency [13 million spent]

Mike Wallace 5 years 42.5 million/21 guaranteed/15 signing bonus

Year 1: 3 million salary/3 million signing bonus [6]
Year 2: 3 million salary/3 million signing bonus/2 million roster bonus [8]
Year 3: 4 million salary/3 million signing bonus/2 million roster bonus [9]
Year 4: 5 million salary/3 million signing bonus/2 million roster bonus [10]
Year 5: 6.5 million salary/3 million signing bonus [9.5]

Wallace gives the Bears a deep compliment to Brandon Marshall and gives the Bears a legitimate #2 WR. Wallace brings something that no other WR on the team does and that is a consistent ability to get behind defense and stretch the field vertically. Wallace can add an impressive dimension to the offense that is missing right now.



TE Martellus Bennett 4 years 20 million/10 guaranteed/8 signing bonus

Year 1: 1 million salary/2 million signing bonus [3]
Year 2: 2 million salary/2 million signing bonus/1 million roster bonus [5]
Year 3: 3 million salary/2 million signing bonus/1 million roster bonus [6]
Year 4: 4 million salary/2 million signing bonus [6]

Bennett finally showed his incredible talent and physical abilities when he left teh dysfunctional Cowboys and got to an offense that would use him. Bennett has as much physical talent as any TE in the leage and all he needs is a strong locker room to dominate.



OG Louis Vasquez 4 years 22.5 million/12 guaranteed/8 signing bonus

Year 1: 1 million salary/2 million signing bonus [3]
Year 2: 2 million salary/2 million roster bonus [4]
Year 3: 3 million salary/2 million signing bonus/ 2 million roster bonus [7]
Year 4: 4.5 million salary/2 million signing bonus [6.5]

Vasquez is a young, massive [6'5" 335lbs] pass blocking OG that fits the bill for what the Bears need on their interior OL. Kromer wants big guys who ca provide a clean pocket and that is what Vasquez does best.



QB Chase Daniel 2 years 2 million/1 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million guaranteed salary
Year 2 1 million salary.

A compitent back up QB that our OC has had experience with.



Cap Room: 12.9+11.5 [Restructure]+4.85 [Cuts]=29.25 million
Spent: 9.5 [Re-signings]+13 [free agents]+ 22.5 million
Available Cap: 6.75 million

Draft

*Trade* The Chicago Bears trade DT Henry Melton to the Carolina Panthers for 2[44], 4[112] and 2[2014].

*Trade* The Chicago Bears trade 1[20] and 2[50] to New Orleans for 1[15] and 3[75].

1[15] The Chicago Bears select Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma.

Having secured additional draft choices by trading Melton to Carolina, the Bears feel comfortable trading up to secure Cutler's blindside. Having already brought in Vasquez, who in conjunction with Louis' return will sure up the middle, the Bears solidify the only remaining hole on their line with the selection of Johnson. Johnson looked good at the Senior Bowl and during the season at Oklahoma. This selection kicks Webb over to the right side, where he will compete with Johnathan Scott for a starting role.



2[44] The Chicago Bears select Kawann Short, DT, Purdue.

Short steps in and fills the void we created by dealing Melton. He is a high character individual who was voted co-captain by his teammates. In 2009 (after redshirting in 2008) he was voted a Freshman All-American. He has superior size and was a disrupting force on the Purdue defensive line. In 2012 he accounted for 15.5 TFL, 7 Sacks, 4 PBUs, 1 FF, and 4 blocked kicks/punts. There should only be a small drop-off between Melton and Short. The Bears defensive line will still be solid with Short.



3[75] The Chicago Bears select Jon Bostic, MLB, Florida.

Even having resigned Urlacher, the Bears make a security pick in Bostic. Bostic has speed and strength similar to Luke Kuechly, but lacks his jumping ability. He should benefit from a year rotating in and learning the defense while Urlacher is still on the squad. At Florida, he was a four-year letter winner and has the potential to be the leader of this defense for years.



4[105] The Chicago Bears select Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado.

Kasa recently converted from DE to TE, and has scouts excited due to his rare combination of size and speed. In 2012 he went for 25/391/3 for a Colorado team that only won one game and threw only 404 passes for 220 completions. He was the fourth leading receiver on his team as a first year TE. He ran a 4.71 at the combine and did 22 reps. He is raw and better at blocking, but with the signing of Bennett and Rodriguez already being on the roster, we can afford to take our time with Kasa.



4[114] The Chicago Bears select Chris Faulk, OT/G, LSU.

Emery makes the pick of Faulk, who slides due to his injury early in the 2012 campaign, in order to give Kromer a new conversion project. Faulk shocked scouts by leaving LSU after his sophomore season, where he suffered a knee injury. Many expected him to return for 2013 and possibly 2014, but he declared for the draft. It's possible he slides, as Andrew Datko did in 2012. Faulk has the size and height to play inside, and could step in or compete with James Brown should Lance Louis not return to 2012 form. It's a possibility Faulk spends the 2013 season on the practice squad, but he will be a safety net and a potential starter in future years. With Edwin Williams in the final year of his contract, Faulk will take his place on the roster next year. The Bears might also look to C with this pick.



5[146] The Chicago Bears select Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest.

The Bears elect not to add a FB through free agency, instead deciding to draft someone. Bohanan posted excellent combine numbers and will be available at this selection simply by virtue of being a FB. He can catch passes out of the backfield, adding another passing threat to a Trestman offense than loves to spread the ball, but will need to add weight to be a capable lead blocker.



6[178] The Chicago Bears select Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky.

With their final pick in the draft, the Bears select a high-potential player whose draft stock sunk due to an ACL tear. Smith recorded 12.5 sacks in 2012. He also had 38 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. He also returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic. In the season opener, Smith recorded 3 sacks while going up against Alabama's D.J. Fluker. He will need to add some weight to compete in the NFL.



Preseason Depth Chart [CC = Cut Candidate] [PS=Practice Squad]

Offense
QB Cutler, Daniel, Blanchard [PS]
RB Forte, Bush, Allen
FB Bohanon
TE Bennett, Rodriguez, Kasa, Adams [CC]
WR Marshall, Wallace, Jeffery, Bennett, Anderson, Weems (ST)
T Johnson, Webb, Scott, Brandon [CC/PS?]
G Vasquez, Louis, Brown, Faulk[PS?], Carimi [CC]
C Garza, Williams

Defense
DT Paea, Short, Toeaina, Collins
DE Peppers, Wootton, McClellin, Collins, Smith, Ozougwu [CC/PS]
LB Urlacher, Roach, Briggs, Bostic, Thomas
CB Jennings, Tillman, Bowman, Hayden, McManis (ST), Frey [CC/Futures]
S Wright, Conte, Hardin, Steltz

Specialists
K Gould
P Podlesh
LS Mannelly

55 players total
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We decided to step out on a limb with some of the more risky ideas and suggestions floating around.

It is interesting to look at a potential Melton deal and the possibilities.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WindyCity wrote:
We decided to step way out on a limb with some of the crazier ideas and suggestions floating around.


I don't know if I'd say it's that crazy. Simply building the OL more through the draft and making the WR splash in FA instead of vice versa.

... Okay, the Melton trade is pretty crazy, but you can't NOT like this projection.
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chisoxguy7 wrote:
WindyCity wrote:
We decided to step way out on a limb with some of the crazier ideas and suggestions floating around.


I don't know if I'd say it's that crazy. Simply building the OL more through the draft and making the WR splash in FA instead of vice versa.

... Okay, the Melton trade is pretty crazy, but you can't NOT like this projection.





Less mainstream would have been a better way of saying it.

It is interesting not having a read on Emery
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Very aggressive draft and free agency. I don't even know what to say besides its glorious. In my mind this is the perfect offseason and draft! I don't see this happening but it's still amazing.
I really hope we can sign Vasquez, he's a great young linemen. That photo of Bostic decleating that RB is hilarious. Good work.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:54 am    Post subject: Re: Windycity/Chisoxguy7 Mock Offseason Collaboration 3/1/13 Reply with quote

chisoxguy7 wrote:
Re-signings [9.5 million spent]

DT Henry Melton Franchise and Trade

Melton is a good player that wants to be paid like a great player and while the Bears need him on defense they need the resources on offense worth.

OG Lance Louis 4 years 12 million/4 guaranteed

This deal is similar to the one signed by Kraig Ubrik in Buffalo and the Bears protect themselves with a lower guarantee and the language of the contract. If healthy Louis can still make his money and if injured still the Bears can get out with paying him the 1 year total and allowing him to move on. The heavy back load gives the Bears options.

Year 1: 1 million salary [1]
Year 2: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 3: 2 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [4]
Year 4: 3 million salary/ [3]

LB Brian Urlacher 2 years 6 million/4 guaranteed/4 incentives

Urlacher comes back for 2 years on a team friendly incentive deal and is allowed to retire a Bear and get his Ray Lewis send off and he can still earn 5 and 6 million respectively if he can lead the defense for 80% of snaps. If he cannot the Bears can move on and he will only cost 2 million in dead space.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed/1 million [50% of snaps], 1 million [80% of snaps] [3]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed/1 million [50% of snaps], 1 million [80% of snaps] [3]

LB Nick Roach 3 years 8 million/3 guaranteed

He is a versatile back up who can start at SLB and back up all 3 positions. He has always produced for this defense and deserves to be back.

Year 1: 1 million salary [1]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 2 million guaranteed [3]
Year 3: 3 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [4] Probably Released

CB Kelvin Hayden 2 years 4 million/2 guaranteed

The nickel back and primary back up is important in this defense and while the days of Hayden being a long term starter are over I think he fits in this defense, likes the city and will give the Bears a reasonable deal to stick around.

Year 1: 1 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [2]
Year 2: 1 million salary/ 1 million guaranteed [2]

OT John Scott 1 year 1 million/500K guaranteed [1]

He played pretty well at RT and he looks like a nice potential swing OT and back up.

RB Armando Allen RFA Tender [700K]

He has the speed and hands that Trestman likes as a potential compliment to the much bigger Bush and Forte and he was good on special teams.

DT Nate Collins RFA Tender [700K]

This is a steal for a guy with as much potential as Collins who flashed last season. The Bears let Okoye go to bring him back in.

Cuts [4.85 million saved]

WR Devin Hester [1.8 million]

Angelo built Hester into something he could not be leaving him bitter and emotional and the fans resentful that they did not get their sprinkles and twiests. Hester has not developed as WR and he is declining as a kick returner. On top of on field decline he has become poutty and emotional and he clearly needs a fresh start. I try to trade him but then I move on.

TE Kellen Davis [2 million]

This explanation is easy to write as Davis is terrible at everything, he was a Lovie guy and the Bears can cut him and get 2 million dollars back.

TE Matt Spaeth [1.05 million]

Spaeth isn't much more than a blocker, and for 1 million dollars the Bears can find someone in the draft or look through UDFAs.

Restructure and Extend [11 million saved]

WR Brandon Marshall [6 million saved]

Original Deal: 2 year 18 million
New Deal: 4 years 44 million/30 guaranteed [11 million a season like other top WRs]
Total Contract: 6 years 62 million/30 guaranteed [44 million in new money, 30 million in new guarantees]

Year 1 Original Deal [2013]: 1 million salary/2 guaranteed [3]
Year 2 Original Deal [2014]: 5 million salary/4 million guaranteed [9]
Year 3: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 4: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 5: 6 million salary/ 7 million guaranteed [13]
Year 6: 9 million salary/ 3 million guaranteed [12] Probably Released, also low bonus space for restructuring.

CB Charles Tillman [5 million saved]

Original Deal: 1 year 8 million
New Money: 3 years 21 million/15 guaranteed [7.25 average salary]
Total Contract 4 years 29 million/15 guaranteed

Year 1 Original Deal [2013]: 1 million salary/2 guaranteed [3]
Year 2: 3 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [8]
Year 3: 4 million salary/ 5 million guaranteed [9]
Year 4: 6 million salary/ 3 million guaranteed [9] Can be cut for a 5 million savings.

Free Agency [13 million spent]

Mike Wallace 5 years 42.5 million/21 guaranteed/15 signing bonus

Year 1: 3 million salary/3 million signing bonus [6]
Year 2: 3 million salary/3 million signing bonus/2 million roster bonus [8]
Year 3: 4 million salary/3 million signing bonus/2 million roster bonus [9]
Year 4: 5 million salary/3 million signing bonus/2 million roster bonus [10]
Year 5: 6.5 million salary/3 million signing bonus [9.5]

Wallace gives the Bears a deep compliment to Brandon Marshall and gives the Bears a legitimate #2 WR. Wallace brings something that no other WR on the team does and that is a consistent ability to get behind defense and stretch the field vertically. Wallace can add an impressive dimension to the offense that is missing right now.



TE Martellus Bennett 4 years 20 million/10 guaranteed/8 signing bonus

Year 1: 1 million salary/2 million signing bonus [3]
Year 2: 2 million salary/2 million signing bonus/1 million roster bonus [5]
Year 3: 3 million salary/2 million signing bonus/1 million roster bonus [6]
Year 4: 4 million salary/2 million signing bonus [6]

Bennett finally showed his incredible talent and physical abilities when he left teh dysfunctional Cowboys and got to an offense that would use him. Bennett has as much physical talent as any TE in the leage and all he needs is a strong locker room to dominate.



OG Louis Vasquez 4 years 22.5 million/12 guaranteed/8 signing bonus

Year 1: 1 million salary/2 million signing bonus [3]
Year 2: 2 million salary/2 million roster bonus [4]
Year 3: 3 million salary/2 million signing bonus/ 2 million roster bonus [7]
Year 4: 4.5 million salary/2 million signing bonus [6.5]

Vasquez is a young, massive [6'5" 335lbs] pass blocking OG that fits the bill for what the Bears need on their interior OL. Kromer wants big guys who ca provide a clean pocket and that is what Vasquez does best.



QB Chase Daniel 2 years 2 million/1 guaranteed

Year 1: 1 million guaranteed salary
Year 2 1 million salary.

A compitent back up QB that our OC has had experience with.



Cap Room: 12.9+11.5 [Restructure]+4.85 [Cuts]=29.25 million
Spent: 9.5 [Re-signings]+13 [free agents]+ 22.5 million
Available Cap: 6.75 million

Draft

*Trade* The Chicago Bears trade DT Henry Melton to the Carolina Panthers for 2[44], 4[112] and 2[2014].

*Trade* The Chicago Bears trade 1[20] and 2[50] to New Orleans for 1[15] and 3[75].

1[15] The Chicago Bears select Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma.

Having secured additional draft choices by trading Melton to Carolina, the Bears feel comfortable trading up to secure Cutler's blindside. Having already brought in Vasquez, who in conjunction with Louis' return will sure up the middle, the Bears solidify the only remaining hole on their line with the selection of Johnson. Johnson looked good at the Senior Bowl and during the season at Oklahoma. This selection kicks Webb over to the right side, where he will compete with Johnathan Scott for a starting role.



2[44] The Chicago Bears select Kawann Short, DT, Purdue.

Short steps in and fills the void we created by dealing Melton. He is a high character individual who was voted co-captain by his teammates. In 2009 (after redshirting in 2008) he was voted a Freshman All-American. He has superior size and was a disrupting force on the Purdue defensive line. In 2012 he accounted for 15.5 TFL, 7 Sacks, 4 PBUs, 1 FF, and 4 blocked kicks/punts. There should only be a small drop-off between Melton and Short. The Bears defensive line will still be solid with Short.



3[75] The Chicago Bears select Jon Bostic, MLB, Florida.

Even having resigned Urlacher, the Bears make a security pick in Bostic. Bostic has speed and strength similar to Luke Kuechly, but lacks his jumping ability. He should benefit from a year rotating in and learning the defense while Urlacher is still on the squad. At Florida, he was a four-year letter winner and has the potential to be the leader of this defense for years.



4[105] The Chicago Bears select Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado.

Kasa recently converted from DE to TE, and has scouts excited due to his rare combination of size and speed. In 2012 he went for 25/391/3 for a Colorado team that only won one game and threw only 404 passes for 220 completions. He was the fourth leading receiver on his team as a first year TE. He ran a 4.71 at the combine and did 22 reps. He is raw and better at blocking, but with the signing of Bennett and Rodriguez already being on the roster, we can afford to take our time with Kasa.



4[114] The Chicago Bears select Chris Faulk, OT/G, LSU.

Emery makes the pick of Faulk, who slides due to his injury early in the 2012 campaign, in order to give Kromer a new conversion project. Faulk shocked scouts by leaving LSU after his sophomore season, where he suffered a knee injury. Many expected him to return for 2013 and possibly 2014, but he declared for the draft. It's possible he slides, as Andrew Datko did in 2012. Faulk has the size and height to play inside, and could step in or compete with James Brown should Lance Louis not return to 2012 form. It's a possibility Faulk spends the 2013 season on the practice squad, but he will be a safety net and a potential starter in future years. With Edwin Williams in the final year of his contract, Faulk will take his place on the roster next year. The Bears might also look to C with this pick.



5[146] The Chicago Bears select Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest.

The Bears elect not to add a FB through free agency, instead deciding to draft someone. Bohanan posted excellent combine numbers and will be available at this selection simply by virtue of being a FB. He can catch passes out of the backfield, adding another passing threat to a Trestman offense than loves to spread the ball, but will need to add weight to be a capable lead blocker.



6[178] The Chicago Bears select Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky.

With their final pick in the draft, the Bears select a high-potential player whose draft stock sunk due to an ACL tear. Smith recorded 12.5 sacks in 2012. He also had 38 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. He also returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic. In the season opener, Smith recorded 3 sacks while going up against Alabama's D.J. Fluker. He will need to add some weight to compete in the NFL.



Preseason Depth Chart [CC = Cut Candidate] [PS=Practice Squad]

Offense
QB Cutler, Daniel, Blanchard [PS]
RB Forte, Bush, Allen
FB Bohanon
TE Bennett, Rodriguez, Kasa, Adams [CC]
WR Marshall, Wallace, Jeffery, Bennett, Anderson, Weems (ST)
T Johnson, Webb, Scott, Brandon [CC/PS?]
G Vasquez, Louis, Brown, Faulk[PS?], Carimi [CC]
C Garza, Williams

Defense
DT Paea, Short, Toeaina, Collins
DE Peppers, Wootton, McClellin, Collins, Smith, Ozougwu [CC/PS]
LB Urlacher, Roach, Briggs, Bostic, Thomas
CB Jennings, Tillman, Bowman, Hayden, McManis (ST), Frey [CC/Futures]
S Wright, Conte, Hardin, Steltz

Specialists
K Gould
P Podlesh
LS Mannelly

55 players total
Wow now THAT is quite a mock. It would not be surprising for Johnson to go top 10 though with all the interest in him and Fisher. Nor do I see Smith lasting till the sixth round. Short may go in the first, too.

Other than Johnson you are targeting the same people I am in the draft.

I do not see them paying Wallace that much either. But I like the thinking here.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
Very aggressive draft and free agency. I don't even know what to say besides its glorious. In my mind this is the perfect offseason and draft! I don't see this happening but it's still amazing.
I really hope we can sign Vasquez, he's a great young linemen. That photo of Bostic decleating that RB is hilarious. Good work.


Thanks. I was really pleased with how the numbers worked out (credit to Windy) and the draft flexibility we had once we traded Melton and picked up all those extra picks. It would be nice to be able to trade up and draft Johnson/Cooper/Warmack. The worst case scenario is being stuck at 20 and having to select one of Fluker/Eifert. I think 20 is too soon for both players.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chisoxguy7 wrote:
SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
Very aggressive draft and free agency. I don't even know what to say besides its glorious. In my mind this is the perfect offseason and draft! I don't see this happening but it's still amazing.
I really hope we can sign Vasquez, he's a great young linemen. That photo of Bostic decleating that RB is hilarious. Good work.


Thanks. I was really pleased with how the numbers worked out (credit to Windy) and the draft flexibility we had once we traded Melton and picked up all those extra picks. It would be nice to be able to trade up and draft Johnson/Cooper/Warmack. The worst case scenario is being stuck at 20 and having to select one of Fluker/Eifert. I think 20 is too soon for both players.


It has made me think that if we are going to be limited in free agency by the Melton tag.

That perhaps we need more picks with a trade down in the 1st or 2nd round.

I like the youth and competition that was added.
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I threw a link up on the Bears Subreddit which links to this post, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to include a link to the comments there or not, as the actual post links here, but I'll err on the side of caution and go with some copy/pastes from users there.

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I don't quite understand the idea behind trading Melton and going for a DT in the second round. If we're going to trade Melton for picks, would it not be because we feel comfortable with our depth at that position? Melton looks to be an up-and-coming stud at the position. You draft in the first or second because you feel they have a high chance of starting and possibly becoming a star ... if we're going to draft in the second round for a future starter ... a future star ... a guy that is young that can be a future piece of our defense ... We could always keep Melton.
Melton =/= Kawaan Short (DT), Chris Faulk (OT/G), and a 2nd next year.
IMO, anyway.
My question for you is why do you feel the Bears would select a FB in Tommy Bohanon? Very few teams in the NFL utilize FBs anymore in general and as for the Bears we already have a promising FB, al though it seems it is not known where they would fit in the system as is.
...Could someone explain to me why Mike Wallace would or would not fit in our system and cap?
I understand you guys went out of the norm and changed it up for us, which is great, it gives us something to talk about, but some of these ideas come off as a bit crazy.


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Trade Melton? Why, exactly? Especially without mentioning the biggest hit for us is Julius Peppers, who will either restructure or be released next year. Then you mention Nate Collins who flashed, but Melton was beaming bright every week.
Seriously. If we draft a DT in the second round, I'ma brick my TV screen.
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Honestly, I don't feel they're as crazy as you think. Trestman and Kromer traditionally use a FB, and Evan Rodriguez was not played to his strengths last year. Honestly, it would be great to have Clutts back on the roster, but Bohanon had an exceptional combine and would be a phenomenal pickup given that Kromer prefers to use a Fullback.
The reason we decided to mock out trading Melton is because of the cap space he demands. We've done some similar mocks where we keep Melton at the tag price, where we sign Melton to an extension, and in these mocks, the following things happen:
The cap issues are crippling. We end up only being able to sign stop-gaps and second tier players, such as:
OT King Dunlap OG Matt Slauson

OT Jermon Bushrod OG Matt Slauson

TE Brandon Myers
We also have very little flexibility in the draft to trade up. If pick number 20 rolls around and the only guys available are Fluker and Eifert, do we want either of those players at 20? What if we can't trade back? Having the flexibility to trade up is a wonderful thing, because we can see how the draft is shaping up, and we're not at the liberty of other teams.
With Melton on the salary cap, we can't pursue the top tier guys like Albert, Long, Wallace.
What I'm getting at here is that trading Melton offers us a high amount of flexibility, both in terms of cap space and in terms of draft selections.
By clearing Melton's Franchise tag off the cap, it allows us to go out and sign the slot WR we need. We sign a top tier TE, a top OG and we receive the draft picks we need to be able to trade up and finally draft out franchise LT.
Would I love to trade Peppers? Sure. But nobody is going to take on his cap hit, and nobody is going to give us proper compensation for a player who has reached his ceiling, no matter how good he is.
Melton, on the other hand, is extremely valuable, arguably moreso than he will ever be in the next couple of years should he sign an extension with us. Melton was extraordinary last year. We assume that he'll be great next year, but what's stopping him from regressing? suffering a season ending injury? career ending injury? Sure, I'm speaking in hypotheticals, but I truly believe that cashing in on Melton now allows us to fill multiple needs (OT, TE, OG, LB) while not suffering a MAJOR drop off on the D-Line collectively.
Is a draft in which our first two picks are OT and DT a sexy one? No.
Does it make us a better football team in this scenario? Absolutely.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whew, you guys would terrify me as GMs. Very high potential, but very risky. I love seeing these.

I sincerely hope we can get Bostic. I'm a lifelong Gator fan and have enjoyed watching every game of his career, and would love to see that continue. Or seeing Reed fall to us in the 4th.

Yes, homer picks, but both have potential. lol
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sugashane wrote:
Whew, you guys would terrify me as GMs. Very high potential, but very risky. I love seeing these.

I sincerely hope we can get Bostic. I'm a lifelong Gator fan and have enjoyed watching every game of his career, and would love to see that continue. Or seeing Reed fall to us in the 4th.

Yes, homer picks, but both have potential. lol


Go big or go home!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another question for people to ponder:

Do you trade 1.20 and 2.50 for 1.15 and 3.75 if you don't have 2.44 as well?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chisoxguy7 wrote:
Here's another question for people to ponder:

Do you trade 1.20 and 2.50 for 1.15 and 3.75 if you don't have 2.44 as well?


Depends on whoes there at 15. If its Lane Johson and we addressed a Guard and Te in FA I'd be all for moving up.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
chisoxguy7 wrote:
Here's another question for people to ponder:

Do you trade 1.20 and 2.50 for 1.15 and 3.75 if you don't have 2.44 as well?


Depends on whoes there at 15. If its Lane Johson and we addressed a Guard and Te in FA I'd be all for moving up.

This one has come up a few times now. What makes you guys think the Saints would trade down?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AZBearsFan wrote:
SOCalBearsFan54 wrote:
chisoxguy7 wrote:
Here's another question for people to ponder:

Do you trade 1.20 and 2.50 for 1.15 and 3.75 if you don't have 2.44 as well?


Depends on whoes there at 15. If its Lane Johson and we addressed a Guard and Te in FA I'd be all for moving up.

This one has come up a few times now. What makes you guys think the Saints would trade down?


They lost their 2nd round pick for another year and my guess is that they wouldn't mind moving down and getting one back if their is defensive depth on the board.
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