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Bears reportedly tried trading back up in the first round to select Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

Bears reportedly tried trading back up in the first round to select Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

The Bears made up for the loss of Cameron Meredith by adding a wide receiver in the second day of the NFL Draft on Friday night.

After taking Iowa center James Daniels with the 39th pick in the second round, Ryan Pace & Co. made a trade with the New England Patriots to acquire the 51st pick. The Bears selected Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller.

But moments before the Bears made their selection, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Bears actually tried to trade back up into the first round on Thursday night to take Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley.

"Nothing is more important than giving Mitchell Trubisky big time targets," said Rapoport. "The Bears tried for that last night, attempting to trade up for Calvin Ridley, the Alabama receiver. Instead it was the Atlanta Falcons who took him."

Woah.

Before the Bears signed Allen Robinson, some early mock drafts had Ridley going to Chicago with the No. 8 pick. That obviously changed.

But when Ridley continued to fall in the draft — eventually to the Falcons at No. 26 — it makes sense why the Bears would check in to see if they could make it a possibility.

In the end, Miller is the guy who will be wearing blue and orange. And if you've seen any Bears press conferences, I'm sure Pace will say he's fired up about that.

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.