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: April 12, 2012, 10:36:21 PM

Bucs Should Keep an Eye on Bears and Forte

Posted on April 12, 2012 9:20 pm by The Commish


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The Buccaneers hold an intriguing pick in this draft with the 5th overall selection.  Their pick isnt gaining as much publicity as the Vikings (3rd) or the Browns (4th), but the Bucs have been linked to Trent Richardson and Morris Claiborne for a while now.  Mark Dominik has also expressed an interest in trading down.
 
By sitting with the 5th overall selection, the Buccaneers are guaranteed one of the top five players in this draft, all of which are considered elite prospects.  To trade out of the 5th pick, Mark Dominik would have to get an awfully impressive package that would either include a massive amount of picks or specific players that would help the Buccaneers immediately.
 
While both Matt Forte and Ray Rice received their teams respective franchise tags, I believe Rice will be staying put in Baltimore, while Fortes status is extremely up in the air.
 
Matt Forte has expressed that he will not be signing and/or playing for a one-year franchise tender that comes with the Bears franchise tag.  The only way he gets on the field is with a new long-term contract.  The Bears have said that they have given him their best offer and will wait until Forte decides to sign it.
 
The word is that hes not going to be [there], but thats just rumors, Jay Cutler said on WMVP Radio, via the Chicago Sun-Times. I know its going to be hard for Matt to not be there. I think hes pretty disappointed at how things have gone. But its a business for both sides. The Bears have to do whats best for them in the long run. Matt has to do whats best for him in the long run.
 
The Bears recently signed former Raiders running back Michael Bush with the intentions of having him split carries with Matt Forte.  However, head coach Lovie Smith said the team will play with the players that want to play.
 
I tell the guys, if you have an issue with your contract, [the offseason] is the time to work on those things. Thats what Matt is going through right now, Smith said before a luncheon on Tuesday. We start up Monday. Hopefully hell be there. If hes not, were going to go to work with the players we have.
 
Since the Bears have Michael Bush on the roster, it is possible, and all speculation on my part, that they would consider a trade of Matt Forte if they got proper value in return.  If the Bears included Forte and a 3rd round selection, the Buccaneers should consider a swap of 1st round selections, giving the Bears the 5th overall pick and dropping back to the Bears pick at 18.
 
With the 5th overall selection, the Bears could address receiver or cornerback, while already having a fresh and energized Michael Bush on their roster.
 
The Buccaneers could then focus on a number of possibilities with the 18th pick while already acquiring Matt Forte and an extra 3rd round selection.  Luke Kuechly, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, or a defensive lineman could all make sense for the Buccaneers with the 18th selection, while also not having to worry about drafting a running back with their 2nd or 3rd round selections.
 
It is the time of speculation, and as long as we see issues with Matt Forte in Chicago, I think it would be safe to assume that the Bears would be interested in moving him for the right price.  I dont think there are many scenarios that would make a trade down by the Buccaneers seem like a good move, but something like this would make a ton of sense.
: April 12, 2012, 10:38:21 PM michael89156

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#1 : April 12, 2012, 10:40:02 PM

If the Bears called With this offer Dom could not say yes quick enough

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#2 : April 12, 2012, 10:42:45 PM

I'd be down with that.

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#3 : April 12, 2012, 10:46:30 PM

Kuechly would be there at #18?



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#4 : April 12, 2012, 10:49:37 PM

Probably not but Hightower would.

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#5 : April 12, 2012, 10:51:36 PM

We could go Hightower at 18, or Gilmore, or Jenkins. Then go David at 36 and use both 3's to move up to get Smith or Taylor

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#6 : April 12, 2012, 10:51:59 PM

Look at it this way:

Forte + Kuechly or Barron + another 3rd rounder

or

TR

How is this not a no-brainer??


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#7 : April 12, 2012, 10:55:32 PM

Look at it this way:

Forte + Kuechly or Barron + another 3rd rounder

or

TR

How is this not a no-brainer??




Agree but not sure Kuechly last that long.



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#8 : April 12, 2012, 10:58:02 PM

The thought of Forte in pewter is making me wet

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#9 : April 12, 2012, 11:09:22 PM

Kuechly would be there at #18?
Doubt it and if was, pass on him for Jenkins

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#10 : April 12, 2012, 11:09:59 PM

Kuechly won't be there at 18.


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#11 : April 12, 2012, 11:11:30 PM

How much money would he cost?

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#12 : April 12, 2012, 11:13:21 PM

If they offered that Dominik's jaw should get whiplash by saying yes too fast. We could get Barron or Hightower with that pick, kuechly maybe.

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#13 : April 12, 2012, 11:13:23 PM

Kuechly would be there at #18?
Doubt it and if was, pass on him for Jenkins

I doubt they pick ANOTHER troubled corner. Why don't people understand this?

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#14 : April 12, 2012, 11:13:26 PM

Kuechly would be there at #18?
Doubt it and if was, pass on him for Jenkins




Wouldn't have to......Jenkins would be there at the Bucs 2nd.


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