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Angelo's drafting a problem for Bears, not other teams

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Angelo's drafting a problem for Bears, not other teams

The Jerry Angelo draft record is a problem for the Bears. It isnt necessarily for other teams. Of Angelos failed top picks, up to the past couple drafts:

Tackle Marc Colombo (2002) is still starting in the NFL, with the Miami Dolphins last year after five years in Dallas;

Quarterback Rex Grossman (2003) was keeping busy with the Washington Redskins in 2011;

Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (2004) went to three Pro Bowls as a Bear and was hanging on with San Diego this season;

Running back Cedric Benson (2005) had 1,076 yards and 6 TDs for the Cincinnati Bengals going into the playoffs this weekend;

Safety Danieal Manning (2006) likely will be running into Benson when the Houston Texans host the Bengals in the wild-card round;

Tight end Greg Olsen (2007) caught 45 of Cam Newtons passes in Carolina, 5 for touchdowns;

Chris Williams (2008) was starting at left guard for the Bears before winding up on IR; Matt Forte was the second-round pick and hes going to the Pro Bowl;

Juaquin Iglesias and Jarron Gilbert (2009) were third-round busts but fourth-rounder Henry Melton is a Pro Bowl alternate this year.

Not a lot of superstars but not the stuff of abject failure, either.

Thats going to leave a mark...

If you thought Jerry Angelo was dealt a cataclysmic jolt when told he was told Tuesday morning that he was out as GM, consider Bill Polians exit experience in Indianapolis.

Polian, then vice chairman of the Colts, was in a meeting with quarterback Peyton Manning Monday morning. The two were talking over Mannings on-going neck rehab when they were interrupted by a note that Polian was wanted in the office of Colts owner Jim Irsay.

So much for the rehab meeting.

Predicting the value of Roquan Smith's rookie contract with Bears

Predicting the value of Roquan Smith's rookie contract with Bears

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith remains unsigned, a situation that prior to the rookie wage scale would've been cause for concern. With contracts now based on slotting, or where a first-round pick is selected, there's little reason or room for agents to haggle over terms. A holdout isn't expected.

There have been some exceptions to this general principle, however. Joey Bosa, who was selected with the third pick by the Chargers in 2016, held out until August 29 over offset language and his signing bonus. So, while a holdout for Smith is unlikely, it's not impossible.

Assuming he agrees to a contract on time, here's what the terms of his deal should look like, according to CBS Sports:

2018 Cap Number: $3,349,485
Signing Bonus: $11,517,940
Four-year value: $18,477,168

If the numbers are correct, Smith will have the 17th-highest cap hit for the Bears in 2018, according to Spotrac. By comparison, Danny Trevathan has a $7.15 million cap hit this season.

Drafting well is critical for long-term success. If a general manager misses on first-round picks, the cap consequences mount over time. Consider Kevin White, the seventh-overall pick in 2015. He has zero touchdowns in his pro career but has a $5.27 million cap hit this year. Leonard Floyd, the team's first-rounder in 2016, has a $4.30 million cap hit and Mitch Trubisky, last year's second pick overall, is $6.59 million. Pace's four first-round picks, when counting Smith's expected deal, are four of the top-17 paid players on the payroll even though none of them have the production to back it up.

Smith, however, is as close to a bust-free prospect as the Bears have drafted in Pace's tenure. He was considered one of the best pure football players in the entire 2018 draft class and will start immediately alongside Trevathan as a rookie, assuming he's under contract in time to contribute in Week 1.

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

The time has come to start counting down to the release of Madden 19. The most popular football video game franchise of all-time is set to release in early August and as is a tradition with the weeks leading up to the game appearing on store shelves, leaks about features and player ratings have started.

Here are the highest rated Bears players in this year's edition:

Adrian Amos leads the way with an 88 rating, followed by Akiem Hicks (85) and Allen Robinson (85). 

Chicago's offense received a 75 overall rating, which should result in a significant challenge for Bears fans trying to score virtual points later this summer. The defense, however, will be stout, coming in with an overall rating of 81. Amos and Hicks have a lot to do with that.

Ratings are subject to change due to injury. Madden 19 is scheduled for release on August 10.