Bears GM Ryan Poles is surprisingly open about value for No. 1 pick
Will the Bears trade their first pick or not? If they do, General Manager Ryan Bowles believes Chicago can get a king’s ransom in return.
There is no greater debate in the 2023 NFL Draft than whether the Chicago Bears will trade their first overall pick. Other minor disagreements, such as the height of Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, have already been settled. He is short. Everyone already knows that, move on.
The Bears find themselves at a crossroads in their franchise history with two unpredictable paths ahead of them: trading the most valuable option in football in April, or trading young quarterback Justin Fields. According to recent reports, the team is more seriously considering trading the pick, only leaving the door barely open for a potential Justin Fields trade.
What would Trade #1 look like?
Robert Mays of The Athletic estimated that the return for the #1 pick (assuming the trading partner does not carry a top-five pick in 2023) would include a 2023 second round, a 2024 first, and a 2025 first.
Bears general manager Ryan Pauls has been refreshingly candid about the estimated value of the No. 1 pick and has spoken with certainty that he can get a first-choice player in 2024 and 2025 after he discussed compensation with three teams at the NFL Combine this past week.
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In my column this week:
🐻 GM holds Ryan Pauls in the fields and first pick
❤️🩹 Notes and quotes from Indy’s plural: “I’m tired of bandages”
🪞 Mirrorless car in Denver
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Bears GM Ryan Poles is satisfied with a potential No. 1 pick deal in 2023
The Poles stopped short of revealing exactly which three teams he spoke to about the No. 1 pick deal, leaving the rest of the league to speculate who would finally pull the trigger and trade in that coveted pick.
Constant whispers favor either the Houston Texans or the Indianapolis Colts edging up the earlys and snag future quarterback, King shortstop Bryce Young. In any case, the Bears seem as confident as ever in trading their top pick, especially after the Poles sat down with NBC Sports’ Peter King and discussed more of the specific logistics of the trade.
The Poles told King he still wanted a “blue player,” also known as a first major, this draft, possibly limiting the Bears’ business partners to top-10 teams.
Poles seemed to have enough information to make a trade before the NFL draft began, and he said he wasn’t sure exactly when he wanted to close the deal.
“Should we do this before free agency? Or should we wait? I don’t know. That’s what she recommended.” [to teams]. “
With free agent Derek Carr and reborn out of the dark, Aaron Rodgers plying the waters, interested suitors have various options when it comes to finalizing a vulnerable quarterback position.
Possessing the first and highest option, the Poles will be ready for whatever the future may hold.