I heard all the rumors about Thomas Jones (which would be the end of the Bear's offense) being traded because he is unhappy and also that the Bears are unlikely to get a contract extension set up for Briggs. Is this because of agent Drew Rosenhaus or do the Bears have a plan here? What happened to all that cap space? --Ryan, Des Plaines, Ill.
The Jones situation started when Tom Condon represented him, so even though Drew Rosenhaus gets blamed for everything short of WMDs, that can't be pinned on him. As for the Bears' plan, it's ideally NOT to trade Thomas. Given their run-first philosophy, they feel having two bonafide starting RBs is fine. But if Thomas is going to be unhappy and disgruntled and other teams contact them, they have to listen. If Thomas is still here come training camp, look for the situation to be fine. He's a team-oriented guy who will do his talking on the field. As for the Bears' cap space, I think Rosenhaus ate it. Just kidding.
Is Michael Haynes trade bait before or during the draft? --John Malott, DeLand, Fla.
That would assume there's a market for him. And now that Tank Johnson is injured, the Bears view Haynes as insurance and hope to move him inside some now that he's bulking up this offseason.
K.C.,any chance the Bears will take Jeremy Bloom this weekend if given the chance? --Joe Stehlik, Henderson, Nev.
I think you have a better chance of being drafted. But I've been wrong many, many, many times before.
How does this sound? Trade first-round pick for a high second- and high third-round picks. With the first second-round pick, take Sinorice Moss. He would help the slot position and the return game. With the second pick in the second round, take Joe Klopfentein. He too would help stretch the field. With the third pick in the third round, take Cedric Griffin. He could help out either at CB or safety. With the fourth pick, take an athletic linebacker/defensive End to provide depth. --Lynn Todd, Pontiac, Ill.
Uh, Mr. Angelo, are you listening? I like it. I like it a lot. I do think the Bears will try to trade out of the first round to pick up another pick. If they don't, I think you'll see them take a linebacker or defensive back in the first round. Then they can put your plan in motion. Both Moss and Klopfenstein (spelled wrong, but I like your effort, so we're going for it) interest the Bears.
One question about the draft. What happens if a team doesn't draft a player in their time frame? Is it just tough luck then? I know it's not a realistic scenario! --Bjarke H., Aalborg, Denmark
Neither is getting a question from Denmark from somebody named Bjarke about the NFL Draft. Actually, I think Mel Kiper Jr. has to go sit in the corner for a timeout if that happens. But, seriously folks, yes, the team is out of luck and gets nobody, like the Vikings did in 2003 and two teams raced up to the podium before they could get their pick in. Although it's never happened to the Bears as long as you don't count Cade McNown.
Hey, Whiskey, why do the Bears (last year with Cedric Benson), or any other team (see Reggie Bush), spend such high first-round draft picks on RBs? If a stud RB, like Edgerrin James or Shaun Alexander, can't bring a first-rounder in a trade offer for their rights, as neither did last season, then obviously this position is not worth a first-round pick. --Steve, Denver
Hey, Cognac, because skill players are attractive and guys like Reggie Bush are too sexy to pass up. I think Bush will be an excellent pro. I also think it's way too early to diss Benson. This guy is a workhorse who has succeeded at every level. You can fault his holdout but I wouldn't do so with his talent.
Would you rather see the bears trade up for a better pick like vernon davis or a linebacker like aj hawk? --Brian Tokoly, Tomball, Texas
No, because they have 22 starters returning and already are a pick down thanks to the Manning signing. (They recouped the Ayanbadejo trade pick by trading Mike Green.) There will be a linebacker or defensive back or tight end available that they like late in the first round if they stay there.
Mike Green for a sixth-round pick is a start. Lets rack up some more picks cuz I got a fever for the draft and the only cure is more draft picks...YEEEEHAWWW. --Mo Picks Pulease, Maine
I think this guy needs to go sit in the corner with Mel Kiper Jr. for a timeout. Draft fever. Catch it. And don't worry: I think the Bears are trying to accommodate your "yeeeehawww" excitement by acquiring more picks.
Put it in writing: The Bears either trade down or select LB Demarco Ryan or S Jason Allen at No. 26. WR Greg Jennings is selected in the 2nd round. --Ted, Chicago
Does cyberspace count as writing? And I'll let Klopfentein slide because it's cute. But getting both names wrong, I have to step forward. The name is DeMeco Ryans and if the Bears stay in the first round, he's high on their wish list.
Talk to you after the draft, K.C.