See what happens when you become an adult with a career, wife and family? You get off work on a Friday and start attending to family business and miss any news that comes in during the day/evening.
It was Saturday morning before I learned that the Bears traded their second-round pick in 2010 to Tampa for DE Gaines Adams.
Wow. Trades don’t often happen in the NFL. Most of them are some scrub for a seventh-round pick. You don’t see many of these, and we used to NEVER see the Bears maneuvering like they have done in the last 8 months.
Adams was the fourth overall pick of the 2007 draft and I know he has underachieved somewhat in his 37 games in Tampa. Quite the stunning move for the Bears. One thing it most certainly signals is that Adawale Ogunelye’s days as a Bear are over come January (or hopefully February). Adams is young, has potential and a reasonable contract through 2012. Ogunelye is a free agent following the season, angling for his last superstar contract in the NFL.
If Adams pans out, this is a stellar move for the Bears to get younger and better for the future. If it doesn’t, they’ll have to look again in 2011.
It also means the Bears are without a pick in the first two rounds of the draft two years in a row. Looks like management wants to win now, which is great to hear.