While a significant trade between the Bears and Packers isn’t likely to ever materialize given the rivalry between the teams, they came pretty close this offseason.
The teams swapped free agent safeties with Adrian Amos heading from the Bears to the Packers and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix making the move to Chicago. Clinton-Dix was with the Packers the first four-plus years of his career before he was traded to the Redskins in the middle of the 2018 season.
At a panel during the Bears 100 Celebration, Bears director of player personnel Josh Lucas said the Bears have rated Clinton-Dix higher than Amos for four years.
Obviously, how the two perform in 2019 will show which team got the better player, but the Bears certainly feel like they got the better one.
Akiem Hicks held court for half an hour yesterday, and during those 30 minutes spoke eloquently about many issues far greater than football.
After talking about Colin Kaepernick, the Bears' recent emotional team meeting, and the current protests happening across the country, Hicks carved out a little time to talk about his own health. The Bears' star defensive lineman only appeared in five games last season, the product of an elbow injury that put him on injured reserve after the Bears' Week 5 loss to Oakland:
"I'm excited. I'm ready to play football again. This has been a ... it's been a long time. Remember I didn't really get to play this season right? So my season kind of it wrapped up in October and then I had one last hurrah right there in December and as far as ... I played four games. I miss football. So I'm ready. My body is doing as good as it can. But man, being back on that field will probably make it feel a whole lot better."
Hicks' reassurance has got to be music to the Bears' (and their fans) ears, who are eagerly awaiting the return of one of the NFL's premier defensive lineman for a full 16+ game season:
Maybe it's all the Quarantini's.
We all know about The Fridge’s touchdown in the Super Bowl-- and the fact that Walter Payton didn’t get a touchdown of his own in the 46-10 blowout of the Patriots.
We know the defense was dominant, Richard Dent won MVP, and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan was essentially a second head coach on the team.
But we bet you don’t know some of these following facts.