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Danny Trevathan on vicious hit on Davante Adams: 'It wasn't intentional'

Danny Trevathan on vicious hit on Davante Adams: 'It wasn't intentional'

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Danny Trevathan’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams will likely earn the Bears’ linebacker a fine, and possibly a suspension. But the message from both locker rooms after the Green Bay Packers’ 35-14 win on Thursday was clear: It wasn’t intentional, and unfortunately, that’s just football. 

The hit clearly rattled players on both teams — as soon as Adams went to the ground and wasn’t moving, Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee was seen frantically waving toward the Packers’ sideline to bring trainers out. Fortunately, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after the game that “everything looks positive” for the 6-foot-2, 216 pound receiver. 

“I was just trying to make a play,” Trevathan said. “It wasn’t intentional. I was just trying to hustle to the ball and do my job, and unfortunately he ended up hurt. I’m sorry about that. I’m going to reach out to him and try to send him a message. We play a physical game but you never wish that on nobody.”

Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks had a clear view of the hit and had Trevathan’s back on it, too. 

“I told Danny, you’re just playing football, you’re just trying to make noise and bang pads and stuff that we’re asked to do,” Hicks said. “I know there was no malicious intent behind it. He’s just playing the game that he’s been playing since he was a young man.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he believes there wasn’t anything nefarious behind Trevathan’s hit, either. 

“He’s a tough player,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think he was intentionally trying to hurt Tae (Adams), but he did give him a good whack and unfortunately Tae got knocked out.”

Intentional or not, though, Trevathan could get hit with a suspension. For a Bears defense already missing two starting inside linebackers, losing Trevathan would be a massive blow. 

“I don’t think it should be a suspension, but you never know,” Trevathan said. “But just want to send a prayer out — my main concern is that he’s okay.” 

Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields offer Bears quarterback options in 2021 NFL Draft

Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields offer Bears quarterback options in 2021 NFL Draft

The Chicago Bears don't have a first-round pick in 2021. And even if they did, they wouldn't spend it on a quarterback. It's too soon to re-invest in a first-round quarterback just four seasons after selecting Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in 2017.

That won't be the case next year, however.

The Bears played the right strategy this offseason. They invested a fourth-round pick in a veteran quarterback, Nick Foles, who has enough league-wide credibility to challenge Trubisky for the starting job, and has the confidence from his teammates to win games if he ends up QB1. 

But Foles isn't the long-term answer if he becomes the starter this fall. The Bears will be back in the quarterback market in next year's draft if Trubisky fails, and, fortunately, there will be two high-end prospects expected to turn pro in 2021: Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields.

While it's way too early to go through each player's strengths and weaknesses, it's fair to say that both of them possess exciting traits in line with the league's top quarterbacks.

Lawrence, in particular, will be one of the highest (if not the highest) graded players to enter the league in quite some time. Even on the heels of Joe Burrow-mania, Lawrence will be the quarterback front offices view as a can't-miss, generational prospect.

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With that in mind, and if the Bears' 2020 season goes sideways early on, would it be better for Chicago to keep an eye on the 2021 draft order instead of push for meaningless November and December wins?

It's a debate that tears fanbases apart. Bears fans are no exception. Traditionalists will argue that every win builds a positive culture, and losses (even if they result in a better draft pick) should never be the goal. 

Draft purists may beg to differ. Why field a roster that continues to finish at or just above .500 when one really bad season could turn into a decade or longer with a franchise quarterback under center?

There's no right answer. And the scars from the Trubisky era, if it ends in 2020, will run deep. Fans will recall the high grades and praise Trubisky received as a prospect and will fear more of the same if Chicago ends up in striking distance for Lawrence or Fields next April.

The responses to this tweet that I fired out on March 28 gives a sense of the split among Bears fans when it comes to tanking for Lawrence heading into 2020:

Even if you aren't the biggest Trubisky fan, and even if you've been loyal to him but fear the floor is about to drop out from under him this season, the best-case scenario for Chicago is for Trubisky to take a big and significant step in his development in 2020.

A winning season, even if it's just nine or 10 wins, led by Trubisky having the kind of year everyone expected from him last season is the ultimate goal. It will give the Bears confidence that they have their young franchise quarterback already in place and will allow the franchise to focus on stacking winning seasons together.

Otherwise, another reboot led by another highly drafted quarterback will be right around the corner.

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Should the Bears trade for this Ryan Pace player?

Should the Bears trade for this Ryan Pace player?

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks wants out of L.A. It's no secret the Rams are trying to trade him, and he expressed his desire to be traded on Twitter on Friday.

The Bears have a need in their offense for a speed wide receiver, and Cooks has been one of the most explosive weapons at the position throughout his career.

Prior to last season's offensive meltdown in Los Angeles, Cooks recorded four-straight 1,000-yard seasons and averaged more than 15 yards per catch in three of those years. He's still only 26 years old and has plenty of juice left in his legs to offer his next team a similar level of production; he would be a dynamic complement to Allen Robinson and would round out Chicago's wide receiver corps.

And here's the thing: we know Ryan Pace loves his former Saints. He just rewarded Jimmy Graham with a two-year, $16 million contract despite a market that likely wouldn't have valued his services anywhere near that amount.

But Graham was one of Pace's guys from his days in New Orleans, and so is Cooks.

The Saints traded a first- and third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to move up for Cooks (they moved from No. 27 to No. 20 to select him). Pace was New Orleans' Director of Player Personnel at the time; his voice was a powerful one in the decision to acquire Cooks.

The biggest impediment to making a move for Cooks is his contract. He signed a five-year, $81 million deal with the Rams in 2018 and has a $16.8 million cap hit in 2020. With Robinson looking to break the bank on a contract extension in the coming weeks, it's highly unlikely the Bears will commit that much money to the wide receiver position. Any trade will have to include some kind of restructured contract or an agreement that the Rams carry a significant portion of Cooks' cap hit.

There's also the issue of compensation that the Bears could send to Los Angeles for a player as dynamic as Cooks. A trade would require at least one of Chicago's second-round picks. Maybe that's all it will take, but the Rams would be justified asking for more.

The dollars have to make sense and the compensation has to be appealing enough to get a deal done. But there's no doubt Pace is at least researching his options.

Cooks, unlike Graham, would be one of Pace's guys who Bears fans would welcome with open arms.