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Rotoworld: Why the Bears are one of 10 teams that could land Marcus Mariota

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Rotoworld: Why the Bears are one of 10 teams that could land Marcus Mariota

Anyone who’s ever been to a job interview has probably been asked something along the lines of “where do you see yourself in ten years?” For Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, the question should be, “where do I see myself next week?”

With only days remaining until the draft, it’s anyone’s guess where Mariota is headed. Here are ten teams that should be in the hunt.

CHICAGO BEARS

Contracts aren’t fully guaranteed in the NFL, so a bad deal isn’t the prison sentence found in other sports. Dealing Jay Cutler, though tough to pull off given his $15.5 million cap hit, is not impossible.

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But does anyone want him? Given his age, inconsistency and overall demeanor, there won’t be many teams lining up for Cutler’s services.

A Cutler trade is probably what it would take for the Bears to consider Mariota. With so many quarterback-starved teams picking ahead of them, landing Mariota with the seventh pick is probably wishful thinking.

If Mariota does fall into the Bears’ lap, he’ll have a solid foundation on offense. Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett were stellar last season and Matt Forte’s role as a dual threat would give Mariota plenty to work with. Eddie Royal can be useful in the slot. Mariota would have a good but not great line protecting him in Chicago.

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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.