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Veteran NFL players still approach the draft with trepidation.
They might like to see who their team brings into the mix on the one hand, but fear of competing for their own work may be the predominant reaction.
This way there can be messages sent to players about the future, or possibly with even more immediacy.
The classic case for the Bears was Mike Glennon announcing it was his year, then Mitchell Trubisky coming on the team with the second pick in the draft.
It sounded like Glennon as a commentary on the future of the team. The future has come a little sooner than Glennon had imagined, like five weeks after the start of his only Bears season.
He only has a one-year contract and knows he might not be there if there is a young quarterback. Glennon had a three-year contract on paper and a huge bonus over what Dalton received.
There are Bears veterans who might receive messages from this draft, subtle or otherwise.
1. Allen Robinson
Without a new contract yet, and appointed a franchise free agent for this year, the best Bears receiving a threat would find out in plain language how he would make a one-and-done in Chicago if the first-round pick of the draft is Rashod Bateman from the Minnesota.
The same could be communicated later in the draft if they go for a player like Michigan’s Nico Collins, but mostly Batemen because he’s seen as a polite receiver X candidate.
2. Andy Dalton
Putting him on this list is pretty silly, actually. He doesn’t need a message.
Unlike Glennon, he only got a one-year contract with a lot less bonus money. He might have said he was the starter, but he didn’t say he had the whole year to come like Glennon did. If the Bears draft a quarterback early, the clock will run immediately and no one should be surprised. Still, a message doesn’t have to be a surprise.
3. Charles Leno Jr.
It’s the last year of Leno’s deal, but he hasn’t been a bad tackle. The problem for Leno is that teams typically don’t write tackles with the intention of letting them sit and learn the job for a year, like with a quarterback.
Last year, nine of the first 11 tackles drafted started 11 or more games.
In fact, 13 of the first 18 drafted started at least 11 games, and that trickled down to the players selected in the sixth round.
So if the Bears draft a tackle in innings 1-3 and he projects as a type of left tackle, it should come as no surprise if Leno’s time in Chicago is shorter than expected. The last year of his contract is mostly cash and easily absorbed into the cap. It would actually help the bears cut it.
However, working on Leno’s side is a very important fact. Neither Germain Ifedi nor Elijah Wilkinson are of the swing type. They have both been good tackles or good guards. They didn’t play a left tackle and it’s a different position.
Normally teams like a swing tackle to be someone who can play both sides. Jason Spriggs was supposed to be like this last year, but it turned out he couldn’t play at all due to injuries.
If the Bears drafted a left tackle, they might want to keep Leno this year just to have someone who can play the job. It became that specialized of an online position
4. Akiem Hicks
Akiem Hicks is generally expected to be in his final season with the Bears, but it wouldn’t be surprising for them to give him a one-year extension based on his ability to show his drop in sacks. over the last 13 matches and the overall game. last year was an aberration. Not that Pro Football Focus’s scoring system is particularly adaptable for inside defensive linemen, but it’s a rating that has been used consistently and for quite a number of years now. And Hicks just had his worst season in the league at 31. They gave him a score of 65.2 last year, 60th best among 125 inside defensive linemen. He hadn’t been below 70.2 since 2014. He also failed to sack the last 13 games after exploding for 3 1/2 in the first three weeks.
If the Bears tried to use Hicks as a bargaining chip in Russell Wilson’s trade, and saw someone in the draft they liked as a future defensive starter, it wouldn’t be out of the question for them to Draft an inside lineman and whether he took the job from Hicks could depend on training camp, preseason, and start of season.
5. Anthony Miller
His message has already been delivered. They try to exchange it.
It could be a draft day trade, or it could be something later for a future draft pick. Either way, Miller looks like he’s destined for another team already and the only question is where the draft guy replacing him will take.
6. Danny Trevathan
Although he has more contract time left than Hicks, his performance last year could justify the selection of a replacement in the draft.
Because they signed Christian Jones as a replacement, and there are a few other veterans on hand in Josh Woods and Joel Iyiegbuniwe, the need for a deep linebacker is not great. But if they do write one, it’ll light up all kinds of speculation about Trevathan’s future. Cutting it before June 1 would not make sense as its salaries run until 2022. However, the team would have a small net gain of less than half a million by cutting it after June 1.
Trevathan’s overall game had never been questioned, so it’s possible that last year was simply the residue of not having a proven nose tackle eating blocks in front of him after Eddie Goldman retired.
Trevathan’s Chicago PFF ranking was 38th of 88 linebackers, 11th of 85, 17th of 91, and 39th of 90, and then this year the bottom fell to 76th of 83. That kind of drop tends to make you think of peripheral circumstances, such as stubborn minor injuries or the absence of Goldman.
We’ll find out if an inside linebacker is targeted early on Day 3 or Day 2.
7. Robert Quinn
Quinn’s two-sack freshman debacle was an annoyance and the team can’t have a booster at the price he ordered.
He is easily cut after the 2021 season as the rest of his contract is about salary and not a cap from 2022, even though it runs until 2024 as a bonus against the cap.
They brought Jeremiah Attaochu as a third experienced to the limit. If the Bears shocked everyone and drafted one of the best leading edge players who could be available to them in the first round, the message to Quinn would be clear on his fate after 2021.
8. Cole Kmet
It is not so much a message about his work as it is about the scope of his work. While Kmet has made great strides and caught more passes than any rookie tight end, he hasn’t landed a lot on the couture roads or made it out to the pitch in general. He mostly took short roads and dumps and then made the most of them.
When Kmet entered the league, the Bears said they were going to start him at the Y or tight end point in the line. It was up to him to decide if he could develop into a U or end of motion.
If they draft a tight U end anywhere in the turns, it could mean that they have determined that it will just stay at the tight Y end and not expand its role.
9. Eddie Jackson
It could be a subtle message. But the Bears signed Jackson for $ 58.4 million and then he went through his first year without an interception. In general, his coverage was not as good. He awarded a passer rating of 110.1, double what he did.
The Bears need a young security who can take the other job because Tashaun Gipson has signed a one-year contract. Where they write it is key to whether this is a choice for Gipson’s stunt double, or if it’s something meant to start a fire under Jackson.