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    2017 Free Agent/Trade/Cuts General Front Office Discussion Vol. III

    Incoming Players (Re-signed players not included)

    Mike Glennon - Quarterback
    Kendall Wright - Wide Receiver
    Markus Wheaton - Wide Receiver
    Dion Sims - Tight End
    Tom Compton - Offensive Line
    Prince Amukamara - Cornerback
    Marcus Cooper - Cornerback
    Quintin Demps - Safety


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    The Los Angeles Chargers will be releasing OT King Dunlap. @gmfb @NFLonFOX

    https://twitter.com/pschrags/status/841342988022353920

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    We are definitely rebuilding and we do need picks.

    This is why it's Hooker or trade back, to me. Either get a seriously unique player with a sky-high ceiling or stack up the chips and give yourself as many opportunities as possible to hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WOwolfOL View Post
    We are definitely rebuilding and we do need picks.

    This is why it's Hooker or trade back, to me. Either get a seriously unique player with a sky-high ceiling or stack up the chips and give yourself as many opportunities as possible to hit.
    I love the idea of trading back, but without a couple "franchise" QB's at the top I don't see teams seeking to go up.

    I really don't like Hooker at #3 because he's coming off injuries, can't be tested, is a 1yr phenom., and will probably start the season on the PUP list. If he's the guy I give Pace credit for having the courage to take the gamble.

    I would prefer Thomas if the Bears are convinced he can play Edge. If Thomas can't play the edge and no trade can be made I guess it will be Trubisky, or Allen.

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    28 million to whatever safety we pick at 3 I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilo View Post
    I love the idea of trading back, but without a couple "franchise" QB's at the top I don't see teams seeking to go up.

    I really don't like Hooker at #3 because he's coming off injuries, can't be tested, is a 1yr phenom., and will probably start the season on the PUP list. If he's the guy I give Pace credit for having the courage to take the gamble.

    I would prefer Thomas if the Bears are convinced he can play Edge. If Thomas can't play the edge and no trade can be made I guess it will be Trubisky, or Allen.
    What about Cleveland's 12 + a cache of present and future picks. Then they can get Garrett and Trubisky maybe. Have to think that would be an exciting draft for their franchise. Two of the top 3 picks is unprecedented and they'd still have a shitload of high picks remaining.

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    I was wondering if/what Cleveland would give for #3
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    Dion Sims brings a necessary well-rounded game to Chicago. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
    After striking out on some of the bigger free agent signings such as cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace doubled down on filling the depth of his team with heavy amount of new additions. One of the more underrated acquisitions was former Dolphins tight end, Dion Sims, a classic ďYĒ at the position with a high upside. Given his contract at $18 million over three years to $10 million guaranteed, itís clear Chicago has a measured belief in the dimension the 26-year-old can bring to the Bearsí attack.

    With that, letís take a look at Simsí background, obtain a deeper understanding of just what exactly Sims brings to the table in a new environment, and analyze his fit with the Bears.

    A natural athlete in college
    The Michigan State product in Sims played well in his relative niche role at East Lansing. Given his natural size and quality fundamentals in blocking, the now 6-foot-4, 271 pounder was a seamless fit as a number two tight end. Sims has a massive frame with soft hands that he has always put to good use regularly when available.

    As a blocker - his primary strength - he sets the tone in anchoring his feet well, positions his body properly, and displays a natural instinct as a second weapon.

    In that light, Michigan State had a quality, quick showcase of some of Simsí highlights as a high-level amateur after being drafted by Miami in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Needless to say, the innate burst after the catch and strength is regularly understood here.


    An underwhelming Combine cemented Sims as a mid-round prospect with speed concerns, but someone was still going to take a long-term shot on him. In the end, he was a player drafted in the mind of developing into a quality utility guy with potential for more. At the time, little did Miami know they had a gifted tool in their hands.

    Coming into his own as a professional
    Sims saw a small role in his rookie season in 2013 given the incumbent Charles Clay enjoying a career year with 67 receptions, 759 yards, and six touchdowns. However, over time he became the man in Miami, especially as Clay left for free agency in 2015.


    With Clay later gone to the Bills, Sims now had a sizable brunt of expectations in South Florida at tight end, even with newly signed Jordan Cameron as the starter in tow. But the 2015 season didnít start well for the big tight end. He suffered a concussion while reaching for an overthrow in the end zone very early in the first week of the season in a 17-10 win over the Redskins.

    Hereís what The Phinsider editor, Kevin Nogle, had to say about the play:

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    ďSIMS GAVE EVERYTHING HE COULD TO MAKE THE CATCH. HE IS GOING TO DO EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO SUCCEED AND HELP THE TEAM.Ē
    Emblematic of what Sims will bring to the table even in one-time catastrophic results.

    Of course, Sims would be sidelined for a month back then and now may have reoccurring symptoms as he also suffered a concussion last season. No doubt something to watch in Chicago.

    Whatever the case, any progress or step Sims was supposed to take in either of the last two seasons - especially as Cameronís addition became more of a disappointment -was derailed temporarily each time due to injury.

    Even so, when Sims was able to see the field, he impressed as his play time increased steadily under head coach Adam Gase. Intelligence to sit down another when necessary as a target for your quarterback isnít an asset every receiving weapon understands immediately. Itís certainly become a part of Simsí game over time as heís become comfortable.

    With his strong flourish and growing ability as a dual-threat as well as an underrated 26 receptions, 256 yards, and four touchdowns last season, there was even talk out of Miami that Gase viewed Sims as the primary starter for the future.

    Sims himself confirmed this assertion from his former head coach. ďHe told me he wants me back a number one. I have obviously proven myself as a starting tight end in the league and want to continue in that role,Ē said the tight end back in February.

    Clearly the Dolphins didnít give him that opportunity and the Bears are better off for it.

    Interestingly enough, Pro Football Focus actually graded Sims with less than high marks in each of the last two seasons at 47.4 and 59.3, respectively. His struggles with injury and concussion issues have likely played a part in that as his chain link has been disrupted time and again. Rhythm is a key here that canít be lost.

    A versatile and heavy Bears offense
    Now though, Chicago sees an ascending player with a skill set that can be honed in a larger role - health provided. Itís no secret that Logan Paulsen wasnít an adequate back-up to Zach Miller last year and given the money handed out to Sims, the Bears feel the same way. This is a player that can really allow Chicagoís offense to operate out of versatile two tight end sets with his blocking assets. Most successful offenseís have this option of multiple talented tight ends to use and the Bears no doubt appreciate this newfound aspect as well.

    What will determine his ultimate success is how heíll block as thatís his strong suit, but if Sims can blossom into more of a consistent pass catcher as he nears the prime of his career, the Bears may have found themselves a fantastic weapon off of the bargain bin.

    In greater application for Sims, thereís more of this where that came from. An excellent security blanket for quarterbacks.


    In the end, Nogle had nothing but stellar marks for Sims and the Bears.

    Dion Sims scouting report
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    DION SIMS WAS ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITE PLAYERS BECAUSE HE LITERALLY LAYS IT OUT ON THE LINE WHENEVER HE IS ON THE FIELD. HE DOES JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT IS ASKED OF HIM, AND HE SEEMS HAPPY TO DO IT ALL. GO CATCH A TOUCHDOWN? SURE! GO BLOCK FOR THE RUNNING GAME? SURE! GO CATCH A 3-YARD OUTLET AND SOMEHOW TURN IT INTO 12 YARDS AND RUN OVER A DEFENDER? SURE! SIMS REALLY DOES EVERYTHING THAT YOU COULD WANT FROM A TIGHT END. OVERALL, I THINK THE BEARS PICKED UP A REALLY GOOD PLAYER. MAYBE A LITTLE MORE THAN I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED TO SEE HIM PAID, BUT HE SHOULD MAKE THE FANS HAPPY AS HE PICKS UP THE OFFENSE AND FINDS HIS RHYTHM.
    To be fair, I doubt this will preclude the Bears from drafting a tight end in a very deep class in Aprilís draft, which could create a fascinating three-headed monster with a variety of formations and plays. But while said young guy develops, thereís now a long-term insurance policy for a 32-year-old Miller in Sims that could play out very well, as Chicago played the second tier of free agency to a tee.

    With any luck, the athletic and rising Sims takes immense advantage of his new opportunity in Chicago.

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    FIRST LOOK: The NEW Chicago Bears starting offense w/ @PFF grades from 2016

    1st time ever saying the o-line is the strength. #NFL #Bears

    https://twitter.com/piratelifeff/sta...64274115145728

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    Hearing DT Bennie Logan will sign a 1yr deal with KC. Visiting with team now. #Chiefs @NFL

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    #Giants continue to do O-line work. They agreed to terms with OL John Jerry on a 3-year deal worth $10mil with $4.25 guaranteed, source said

    The #Panthers gave WR Russell Shepard a 3-year deal worth $10M with $2.1M guaranteed, source said. The max is nearly $13M.

    Via Rapsheet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stunner View Post
    FIRST LOOK: The NEW Chicago Bears starting offense w/ @PFF grades from 2016

    1st time ever saying the o-line is the strength. #NFL #Bears

    https://twitter.com/piratelifeff/sta...64274115145728
    Whitehair had a historic year at Center for a rookie. Great pick by Pace.

    I know trading Sitton would make us worse next year, but would seriously have to consider it for the right return.

    Has there been any news on Grasu recovery? Tore his ACL back in August and I don't recall hearing anything. He was having a decent camp before going down. Hopefully he is progressing well and has continued to bulk up.

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    2017 Free Agent/Trade/Cuts General Front Office Discussion Vol. III

    Veteran free agent DL Vance Walker made visit to Bears recently. Broncos have some interest in him returning. ACL recovery crucial.

    https://twitter.com/jfowlerespn/stat...93876837552133

    Could be Hicks level signing
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    Best run-stop percentage among 3-4 DEs in 2015:

    1. Derek Wolfe, DEN
    2. Henry Anderson, IND
    3. Vance Walker, DEN
    4. Calais Campbell, ARI

    https://twitter.com/pff/status/741275070228762624

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stunner View Post
    Best run-stop percentage among 3-4 DEs in 2015:

    1. Derek Wolfe, DEN
    2. Henry Anderson, IND
    3. Vance Walker, DEN
    4. Calais Campbell, ARI

    https://twitter.com/pff/status/741275070228762624
    Yeaaaaah a lot of health concerns obviously but you can't tell me that:

    Walker/Goldman/Hicks w/Sutton and Bullard
    Floyd/Freeman/Trevathan/McPhee w/Houston and Young

    if healthy

    isn't a really really good front-7 right?

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