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Vikings open to trading No. 3 pick

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Vikings open to trading No. 3 pick

The Bears are expected to pursue a wide receiver with the No. 19 pick of the draft in April. That well could be.

But until free agency has played out, making any draft prediction outside of the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck is dicey at best. If the Bears acquire a Marques Colston or Vincent Jackson, they will look at other needs when their time comes.

But the Minnesota Vikings have not discouraged talk of trading their pick at No. 3 overall, expected by many observers to be USC tackle Matt Kalil. Frankly that pick should appeal to the Vikings, who landed Trojan tackle Ron Yary with the No. 1-overall pick of the 1968 draft. Yary at right tackle contributed to the Vikings reaching (albeit losing) four Super Bowls and wound up in the Hall of Fame.

But Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, once the Bears pro personnel director under Mark Hatley, announced that offers are now being entertained.

If someone wants to come up and get our pick, were going to be more than willing to listen, Spielman told NFL Network.

One of the elite-grade picks of this draft is expected to be Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who isnt likely to last past No. 5. If the Vikings are shopping, No. 3, a deal would seem worth exploring.

Dont count on it.

The Bears have done a trade with the Vikings involving a draft choice just once (1966) in Minnesotas history. Teams dislike dealing with division partners, who are less likely to give anything of value to a rival and want to avoid the chance of strengthening a rival.

Spielman knows the business. He also knows the Bears, Lions and Packers. Unless he is confident of a deal that will weaken one of them, his deal wont be with Chicago, Detroit or Green Bay, at least not directly.

Did Patriots owner Robert Kraft crush Bears' hope for Tom Brady?

Did Patriots owner Robert Kraft crush Bears' hope for Tom Brady?

The Bears are one of the first teams mentioned when speculation about where New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could play in 2020. The Bears are the most quarterback-needy club that also has a chance to make a Super Bowl run with a player like Brady under center, so it's logical to assume the soon-to-be free agent will at least entertain the idea of playing home games at Soldier Field next year.

Much of what happens with Brady will come down to how the Patriots view the 42-year-old (he'll be 43 at the start of next season). If all things are equal, and New England makes him a fair offer to come back, it's likely Brady would return to the only franchise he's ever played for. And if owner Robert Kraft's recent comments are sincere, it's more than likely that he will.

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Kraft, who was in New York City on Tuesday, was asked by TMZ reporters whether the Patriots will re-sign Brady this offseason. His response? 

"We plan to," Kraft said.

Well, there you have it, right? If the Patriots plan to re-sign Brady, then the Patriots are going to re-sign Brady; assuming, of course, you believe what Kraft is saying in January before New England's decision-makers have had enough time to assess their quarterback situation with, and maybe without, No. 12 under center.

Brady is coming off of one of his worst seasons as a pro, which is saying something considering he's been playing for two decades. His completion percentage was the lowest it's been in six years, his yardage total was the second-lowest in the last 10 years, and his 24 touchdown passes were the fewest he's thrown in a season since 2006. 

It's natural to wonder whether Father Time has finally caught up to him. Maybe, however, his down year was a result of lacking talent at wide receiver and tight end. Regardless of the reason, his 2019 campaign has called into question where he'll be in 2020.

But there are those three words Kraft said — 'we plan to' — that can't be ignored. At the very least, Bears fans can't get their hopes up. The Patriots tend to get what they want, and if they want Brady back in 2020, they'll have him.

Bears showing strong interest in Dayton TE Adam Trautman

Bears showing strong interest in Dayton TE Adam Trautman

Add Dayton tight end Adam Trautman  to the growing list of tight ends the Bears have met with at the 2020 Senior Bowl.

After confirming Purdue's Brycen Hopkins and Vanderbilt's Jared Pinkney spent time with Bears scouts (in the case of Pinkney, nearly 35 minutes), Trautman told NFL.com's Chase Goodbread that Chicago's scouts have expressed a strong interest in his skill set.

"They're interested in me," Trautman said of the Bears. "They tell me they like what they see."

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Trautman had one of the best lines of the week when he said he prefers driving opposing defenders into the ground against their will over scoring touchdowns, and at a well-built 6-foot-5, 251 pounds, he has the perfect physical makeup to project as a guy who will do that on the next level. He needs development in that area of his game (run blocker), but his 'want-to' is half the battle.

Trautman wasn't the best tight end this week, but he was far from the worst. He's been consistent, and for a team like the Bears who are searching for a tight end who can be relied on as a second-level target for whoever is playing quarterback in Matt Nagy's offense, Trautman's consistency will be viewed as a plus.

Trautman had 916 yards and 14 touchdowns for Dayton in 2019. Scouts wanted to see whether he could handle the jump in competition at the Senior Bowl, and he's answered that question with a resounding yes.

He projects as a Day 3 pick with upside to develop into a starting quality tight end.