Trading up for Sammy Watkins in 2014
With hindsight on our side, it’s fair to conclude the Buffalo Bills’ trade of a 2015 first-round pick and a 2014 fourth-round pick to Cleveland to move up from the ninth pick to the fourth pick for Watkins was one of the worst draft moves in NFL history.
Instead, they mortgaged their future for a player who four years later is on his third NFL roster.
Former GM Doug Whaley’s reputation might never bounce back.
No wonder the Bears haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010.
But another reason the Bears haven’t been successful in the last decade is Jay Cutler, who quarterbacked the team to a 51-51 record over eight seasons after Angelo acquired him from the Broncos in 2009.
Because the Bears gave up two first-round picks, a third-rounder and quarterback Kyle Orton for Cutler and a fifth-round pick, and because they swiftly gave him a two-year, $30 million contract extension through 2013, the organization had no choice but to be committed to Cutler. But the 2006 No. 11 overall pick never delivered in Chicago, posting an 85.3 passer rating. He took them to the playoffs just once, and while he was on the roster, the Bears didn’t draft a single quarterback in the first four rounds.
The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.
Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft, Owens went on to have a career in which he was named to six Pro Bowls, was a member of five first-team All-Pro teams, and finished three seasons as the NFL’s receiving touchdowns leader.