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Odell Beckham Jr.'s name keeps showing up in Vikings trade rumors

Odell Beckham Jr.'s name keeps showing up in Vikings trade rumors

Time for some gossip!

According to one NFL reporter, Browns star wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr. may be on his way out of Cleveland and headed to Minnesota:

Woah! It'd be the second time in a just over a calendar year that Beckham's headlined a major trade – the first being when he was moved from the Giants to the Browns in March of 2019. OBJ (and the rest of the Browns for that matter) had an underwhelming season, setting a career low in catches, yards, and touchdowns (if you exclude the 2017 season when he only played in four games). The Browns cleaned house after a 6-10 season, bringing in new head coach Kevin Stefanksi from, ironically enough, Minnesota.

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And while Kleiman's sources seem to be confident that something's up, not everyone's so sure:

Maybe it's just posturing, or maybe the Bears owe Mary Kay Cabot a big thank you for easing their minds. Here's to more crazy trade rumors popping up between now and the draft.

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Mitchell Trubisky lands with Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 NFL re-draft

Mitchell Trubisky lands with Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 NFL re-draft

If the 2017 NFL Draft was re-drafted today, you probably wouldn’t expect Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to go in the first round.

At least that’s the attitude I had as the NBC Sports Chicago team simulated a 2017 re-draft this week. And I kept that attitude until I had to make back-to-back picks for the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs at No. 26 and No. 27.

But after sending undrafted running back Austin Ekeler to the Seahawks, I realized… the best pick for the Chiefs was probably Trubisky.

See, in an extremely fictional world where NFL teams can get a do-over on a draft, trades are pretty much useless. With hindsight being 20/20, those teams know with certainty which players are good at the NFL level and which ones are not. For example, I had the San Francisco 49ers pick at No. 2 overall. With Patrick Mahomes obviously off the board to the Browns at No. 1, there was no way I was trading the No. 2 pick to Bears general manager Ryan Pace when Deshaun Watson was still available. Remember, the 49ers didn’t have Jimmy Garoppolo at the time.

Thus, the big losers appeared to be the Chiefs, who no longer could trade up to draft Mahomes at No. 10 and probably don’t go on to win Super Bowl LIV as a result.

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But a funny thing happened as the re-draft kept going. It got really hard. There weren’t 32 players worthy of going in the first round. And then I thought about the Chiefs’ situation back in 2017. They were committed to finding their next franchise quarterback, but they were also convinced that any of the quarterbacks available had to sit for a year behind Alex Smith. And even though we were re-drafting with the knowledge of Trubisky’s first three NFL seasons, I’ve always been of the mindset that Mahomes entered an extremely advantageous situation in Kansas City. He sat behind Alex Smith, not Mike Glennon. He had Andy Reid and Matt Nagy, not John Fox. He truly got to sit and soak in the same system that was eventually thrown at Trubisky a year later.

Plus, Trubisky isn’t as bad as he’s made out to be. He certainly hasn’t lived up to expectations, but he also shouldn’t be the punching bag he’s become by many critics in Chicago and across the country. Trubisky is not a bust. Cade McNown was a bust. Trubisky puts in the work, is genuinely respected by his teammates and, despite the situation he entered into in Chicago, is still a backend starting quarterback in the NFL – one who is rightly being pushed for his job.

But what if Trubisky ended up in Kansas City? Any reasonable person would conclude he wouldn’t have become what Mahomes now is, but it’s also completely conceivable that Trubisky would be a more consistent quarterback had he entered a situation with more support, more time to develop and less pressure on him as a late first-round pick.

So Mitchell Trubisky to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 27 overall? Sure, sign me up.

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Why Khalil Mack was in 'disbelief' watching Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph incident

Why Khalil Mack was in 'disbelief' watching Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph incident

Khalil Mack plays with emotion, but doesn’t let that emotion impact how he plays.

It’s how he compartmentalized his feelings prior to and during the Bears’ Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders, the team that traded him to Chicago just before the start of the 2018 season. It’s how he hasn’t shown any frustration with getting double- and triple-teamed over the last few weeks, in which he only has one sack since Akiem Hicks went on injured reserve. 

And it’s why he was able to provide an interesting perspective on the shocking incident involving Cleveland Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett on Thursday night, which led to Garrett being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. 

“It was kind of like a disbelief moment,” Mack said of his reaction to Garrett hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. “But ultimately it’s definitely something you don’t want to see transpire. 

“Football is an emotional game, right, but you have to know how to control those emotions. It was real crazy.”

It’s hard not to have an opinion on the Browns-Steelers melee. One Bears offensive lineman defended Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who received a three-game ban for kicking and punching Garrett after Rudolph was hit with his helmet (the gist of the defense: You have to be there to defend your quarterback). Other players took to social media to point out Rudolph’s role in instigating the brawl. 

While Garrett may not have started the fight, though, he escalated it to the point where it’ll be attached to his name for the rest of his career. 

“I learned a long time ago, it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you handle it,” Mack said. “And so, yeah. It’s one of those learning moments.” 

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