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Cousins wants to be Vikings QB for “next decade”

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Cousins wants to be Vikings QB for “next decade”

Kirk Cousins wants to be the Vikings QB for the next decade.

And all of Chicago rejoices.

Cousins was singing the praises of rookie lineman Garrett Bradbury, the team’s first round draft pick who will reportedly get the chance to win the starting center job, when he painted a scenario that would have Bears fans rushing to sign on the dotted line with the collective force of Khalil Mack’s one-handed knockout of Riley Reiff.

“I told (Bradbury), ‘I’d like to work together for about the next decade,’ ” Cousins said according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I just tried to set that vision for him and say, ‘You be the guy here for the next decade and let’s not have to worry about having anybody else snap for the quarterback.’ ”

The Bears sacked Cousins six times in two games last season, so someone just let Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman know to blow past Bradbury so quickly that they won’t wrinkle his game day wardrobe.

“He tucks his shirt in every day,” Cousins said. “I think that sends a message right there. He is ready to work. I respect that.”

That’s where everything went wrong in a Vikings' Week 17 collapse with everything on the line against the Bears - a team-wide dress code violation.

It’s good enough news for the Bears that the Vikings are stuck with Cousins for two more years for the rest of his fully guaranteed 3-year $84 million contract. But the idea of making it a full decade?

Yeah, we like that.

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Do the Bears really have the worst 'QB situation’ in the NFC North?

Do the Bears really have the worst 'QB situation’ in the NFC North?

The Bears have the worst quarterback situation in the NFC North, and are 25th overall at the most important position in football, according to these SI.com offseason rankings. 

Do they really, though?

Well, first, these are the QB situations that the Bears are deemed better than:

26. Bills – Josh Allen

27. Broncos – Joe Flacco

28. Bengals – Andy Dalton

29. Bucs – Jameis Winston

God, I sure hope so.

The next closest 2018 playoff team to the Bears ? The Ravens and Lamar Jackson at No. 18, with an asterisk to new Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles at No. 22.

As for the NFC North:

4. Aaron Rodgers

19. Matthew Stafford

21. Kirk Cousins

25. Mitch Trubisky

Of course Rodgers is gonna be top 5, but let’s conservatively say more than half of Tyler Dunne’s Green Bay expose was accurate. All of a sudden at the age of 35, the most talented quarterback to ever play is gonna start mentoring young guys and completely buy into a young head coach’s system with Matt LaFleur? He may not even have to for the Packers to be a playoff team, he’s that good, but it’s no guarantee.

Stafford has been to the playoffs just twice in the last seven seasons and has never won a playoff game. And the Lions appear to be stuck with him for at least two more years with a cap hit of about $30 million per season.

And all Kirk Cousins is doing is continuing to draw the skepticism of his own head coach, Mike Zimmer, and putting a massive cooler on his alma mater Michigan State with a Final Four pregame speech. Say it with me, Bears fans: two more years, fully guaranteed for the rest of that $84M.

Which leads us to Mitch, coming off what should have been two fourth quarter comeback (and a game-winning) drives, in the playoffs, entering the biggest offseason of any Bears player in recent memory, while still on his rookie contract.

Are we sure the Bears don’t actually have the best quarterback situation in the NFC North?

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Drafting first round QB's despite starters in place something of a Bears tradition

Drafting first round QB's despite starters in place something of a Bears tradition

The good thing about a draft scenario like the Bears’ selecting Mitch Trubisky on top of having signed Mike Glennon for starter-grade money is that it provides an almost inexhaustible quiver of talking and writing points. To wit...

... the 2017 draft is far from the first time that the Bears have invested a lofty pick in a player at a position that had been staffed not all that long before with a pricey free agent or still had a distinguished veteran. Don’tcha kind of wonder how Sid Luckman, 32, All-Pro as recently as 1947, felt seeing George Halas use the No. 3 pick of the 1948 draft on Bobby Layne?

The Bears had Jim McMahon in harness (literally and figuratively) in 1987 when they used their first-round pick on Jim Harbaugh. They went QB at No. 12 overall (Cade McNown) in 1999 despite the coaching staff believing they could make something out of Shane Matthews. The San Francisco 49ers had Joe Montana in place when they dealt for Steve Young. Montana didn’t like it but 49ers history was obviously the better for it. Not that Montana ever wanted for motivation, but he earned the first of his three All-Pro designations in — take a guess — 1987.

GM Jerry Angelo dramatically out-bid the market for running back Thomas Jones in 2004. Jones was OK that season, but the Bears came back in 2005 to use the No. 4 pick of that draft on Cedric Benson because, as former Bear and longtime NFL analyst Dan Jiggetts said at the time, Jones still had questions after the first season in which he’d started more than nine games.

Jones didn’t like it, and didn’t like Benson, who exacerbated his overall situation with a long holdout that didn’t sit well with veterans. Jones eventually forced a trade after the 2006 season and Benson wound up a three-time 1,000-yard rusher, albeit for the Cincinnati Bengals. Jones appeared to get the situation; after never rushing for 1,000 yards in his career, he piled up five straight of 1,100 yards or more after the Benson pick. Just sayin’ ... 

... any assessment of Ryan Pace’s competence or lack of same is beyond silly at this point. The object of his affections hasn’t even put on a Bears jersey yet, just held one up for cameras. The obvious tack here is that if Trubisky is franchise-grade as the Bears project, then the acquisition was the right one.

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But the deeper perspective, on whether Pace was bidding against himself in the absence of known real offers, gets increasingly debunked. On top of Pace’s own experience of getting multiple calls from teams looking to trade up to No. 3 for a quarterback, and Pace knowing that when he didn’t want to deal that the next speed-dial by those callers would be to 49ers GM John Lynch, Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson suggested that Pace not only had reason for fear poachers, but also that multiple other teams shared Pace’s conclusion that Trubisky was the best quarterback in this draft.

Robinson said via SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Titans had gotten calls inquiring about acquiring their pick at No. 5. Those calls stopped when the Bears dealt up and grabbed Trubisky. Because Pat Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and every other quarterback was still on the board, the conclusion was that those other teams also had targeted Trubisky, as Pace had ... 

... the brouhaha over whether Glennon felt betrayed/bemused/befuddled/belittled/beheaded over the Trubisky selection borders on the comical. (No comments directly from Glennon about his reaction, but nevermind that.) But If Glennon purports to know some of the history of the NFL’s charter franchise (and others), he should not only have known this was a possibility, but also should have expected it. And he’s a big reason why — specifically, if it were clear that Glennon was a 27-year-old No. 1 quarterback, the Bears can be more casual in filling out the QB depth chart. The Green Bay Packers didn’t use anything higher than a fourth-round pick on a quarterback until Brett Favre was 36 because they knew they didn’t need to. The Bears are far from in that spot. Had they traded for Kirk Cousins, maybe; they didn’t.

To even link the Glennon signing to the Trubisky drafting is failing to grasp how teams try to staff the most important spot in their game.

Cases in point: the Seattle Seahawks signing Matt Flynn away from the Packers in 2012 for $20.5 million over three years, $9 million guaranteed. Flynn had all of two NFL starts at the time. The Seahawks rightly hedged their bet: They drafted Russell Wilson in the third round. Flynn then lost his job to Wilson by Week 1.

Glennon has 18 starts so maybe that’s why he got $18 million over two years. In any case, the Bears weren’t going to hang the future solely on a twice-replaced quarterback (by Josh McCown and Jameis Winston with Tampa Buccaneers) any more than Seattle was going Flynn-only.

Another in point: the Washington Redskins traded massively up in 2012 to draft Robert Griffin III. Then Washington turned around and invested a fourth-rounder in Cousins.