Bears Front Office Will Be Tested This Week

For the first time since the advent of free agency, NFL franchises will draft prior to the acquisition of free agents.  This was the message of football-business expert Andrew Brandt on the Four Letters and this is a message that should resonate with NFL fans.  Why?  Because 32 teams are competing for a Super Bowl title and, of the true contenders, it may very well be the front office that handles the confusion of the next few days that ends up hoisting the Lombardi in Indianapolis next February.

The league will be open for business as of 7 AM (CT) tomorrow morning with player trades possibly as early as the beginning of the second round (depending on legal disputes).  If the 8th Circuit rejects the league's proposal, free agency is likely to begin Monday morning.  NFL franchises do not generally excel at operating on the fly.  They are rigidly planed organizations.  Bill Parcells used to have his travel arrangements for the entire season finalized before the start of training camp and would be upset when those plans were altered by anything non-natural.  32 NFL franchises will be forced to change their agendas.  And change is basically overnight. 

Are Jerry Angelo and his new right-hand Tim Ruskell up to this task?  We are soon to find out.  The Bears have specific needs overall, desperately seeking offensive line help and a big target, playmaking wide receiver.  What were the Bears targeting in the free agency market?  How confident are they about convincing a Sidney Rice-type to join Jay Cutler in Chicago?  Can Jerry move back in the draft to acquire talent off another roster (available tomorrow) with a pair of second-round selections?  Who knows.

The Bears are a Super Bowl contender in 2012.  Will their front office adapt to the insanity of this week and put them in a better position to win their first title in 26 years?  We start answering those questions tonight.


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  • In reply to nicholsra:

    two? too? second?..did you see how I did that?

  • HEADLINE.......JA & TR get your heads out of your arse's and let's get ready to:

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    this ones better:

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    We need to get Arron Williams, he can play corner and then when we need him to, move to safety.

    We can get him in the second. Esp, if we trade down

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    For Jerry to use this week:

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Bears to start offseason program May 9; conduct full-squad minicamp June 3-5.

  • In reply to skjaeveland:

    Nice! Good find norwie

  • In reply to skjaeveland:

    What must happen 4 us to get a top tier Olineman

    This is a little long, but bear with me (pun intended)


  • In reply to skjaeveland:


    OK, for all you draft addicts, or for those who have lives outside football and can't make the time to read every scouting report (shame on you), here's the ultimate cheat-sheet for draft day from ProFootballWeekly.

    It's an awesome comprehensive ranking of almost all prospects and contains links to each draftees profiles (abridged scouting reports). They explain their ranking process, but long story short, they base it on production, character, and injuries, and is very solid.

    What I'm gonna do is prob print a few pages out and start scratching names out as the draft progresses to know who the Bears will have left to pick from.

    Don't know - seems kinda fun, and you better enjoy it cuz once the draft is over, all you're gonna hear is crickets. I'll prob repost this (& the Oline blurb) on draft day, just in case. Enjoy.

  • In reply to skjaeveland:

    Oh crap the bears actually tried to trade up and blew it...but still got 2 solid O-Line prospects left...maybe it will work out? Can the Bears front office get that lucky? It all depends on who the Saints get..bc they probably gave 3 more picks to the f-in pats for their pick..i thinkin the saints get ingram? Bears go for Carimi?

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