A nightmare scenario almost came true for the rest of the teams in the NFC North on Saturday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
General manager Jerry Angelo tried to trade his second-round draft pick for Anquan Boldin, and when that didn’t work out, he traded the Bears right out of the first day of the draft.
Arizona has been shopping Boldin, the Pro Bowl wide receiver, this offseason, and originally was seeking first- and third-round picks for him. ESPN reported Friday that the asking price had dropped to a second-round choice plus additional compensation. The Bears offered No. 49 by itself knowing they also would have to strike a huge extension for the 28-year-old. It never went further than that.
”I would assume [trade talks are dead],” Angelo said. ”If it was going to happen, it would happen [Saturday]. How motivated they were or weren’t — they came out [asking for] a one and a three and there were things that I read, so I really don’t know what their thinking was.
Thank goodness the Cardinals didn’t go for this deal. Could you imagine an offense with Jay Cutler, Anquan Boldin, Devin Hester, Matt Forte and those solid tight ends? Then again, the Bears do have that old, creaky defense, so maybe it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. I’m glad we won’t have to find out.