Prior to the 1998 draft, the Chicago Bears hosted Marshall receiver Randy Moss. It was reported that Moss overslept a meeting, sealing the fate that the Bears would refuse to draft the oft-immature receiver. Although the Bears had perhaps two chances to trade down with teams that possessed two first-round picks (Jacksonville and New England), Chicago stood pat and selected Curtis Enis.
In 1999, the Bears had the seventh overall pick, which they traded to the Redskins for the 12th overall pick and a package of other selections in 1999 and 2000. Chicago had zeroed in on a quarterback that was regarded to be more NFL-ready: Cade McNown. But Daunte Culpepper was certainly able to be picked by the Bears if Chicago wanted it.
Culpepper and Moss combined to be a formidable duo, leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2000. In 2007, Moss resurrected his career in New England, while Culpepper’s has floundered following a 2005 knee injury.
Today’ ESPN’s John Clayton reports that Moss and Culpepper, both unrestricted free agents, have discussed the possibility of both hooking up with a team that needs both a quarterback and a receiver.
Hmm, let’s see. The Bears have lost both of their starting receivers in Bernard Berrian and Muhsin Muhammad. In their 89-year history, in my estimation, the Bears have found exactly two long-term starting quarterback solutions: Sid Luckman in the 1940′s and Jim McMahon in the 1980′s. Hm.
Moss is still a star in the NFL and a future Hall-of-Famer in his prime. Culpepper, admittedly, is washed up and may never make a difference again. Obviously the Bears have decided that in 2008, a battle between Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton is their solution for this year.
I know it’s not going to happen, but think about it and tell me it isn’t at least a little intriguing to you as it is to me. To hear Jerry Angelo come to the podium and say:
“Today the Chicago Bears have realized our offense hasn’t been up to NFL standards, not only in my tenure, but frankly for most of our 89 seasons. We wanted to fix this finally, and not cling to contiunuing to say ‘we try to fix things by our plan, not anyone else’s plan.’ We determined that we could acquire both Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper on reasonable deals, and today marks a new future for the Chicago Bears offense.”
Dream on. To me, it would definitely something to think about.