The Chicago Bears made the first trade of the 2017 NFL Draft by moving up one spot to number two overall by swapping places with the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears gave up the third overall pick, a third (#67 overall) and a fourth round pick (#111) in this year's draft and a third round pick next year to move up one spot.
With the pick, the Bears made a surprise move and selected North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
It's surprising in that Chicago just signed free agent Mike Glennon to be their starting quarterback on a three-year, $45 million dollar contract. Glennon is also only 27 years old.
This means the Bears must not have that much faith in their previously anointed starting quarterback especially with what the team gave up to get Trubisky. To be fair, the Bears can cut ties with Glennon after one year and he'd only carry $4.5 million in dead money against the salary cap.
Still, it is a very perplexing move. Trubisky had the fewest starts of any quarterback taken in the first round since 2002 and is considered by many to not quite be a day one NFL starter. That said, he's got to be considered the future in Chicago given what they gave up to get him.
The Bears clearly want to find their quarterback, and now they have two viable options. The question now, in hindsight, is if this was on the table why did they Bears give Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed? Trubisky did say after being selected that he was told Glennon was the starter, but who knows if that will change once training camp gets underway. So again, why $18.5 million for one potential year of Glennon?
Much like trying to find how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop, the world will never know.