Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Black and Blue all over: No Holt in Chicago
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
There was plenty of clamoring for Chicago to pursue free agent receiver Torry Holt in the days following its acquisition of quarterback Jay Cutler. New left tackle Orlando Pace, among others, reportedly reached out to Holt in hopes of luring his former teammate to the Bears.
But as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times notes, Chicago's front office simply never showed any interest in Holt. He signed Monday with Jacksonville after also considering Tennessee.
Holt's three-year, $20 million deal is a pretty penny for a 32-year-old receiver, and a reasonable person could argue against paying him that sum. Nevertheless, the decision still leaves the Bears with an undermanned receiving corps for their new quarterback and limited prospects for immediate impact in the draft.
Continuing around the NFC North on a Tuesday morning:
- Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reviews the draft track record of Bears general manager Jerry Angelo here and here.
- Terry Foster of the Detroit News believes the Lions should listen to their fans and draft Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. Foster: "Curry is change because he represents what president Tom Lewand says the new logo represents: Tough, mean, strong and angry. Curry has claws and will put this team on his back."
- Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press offers the opposite take: "The easiest draft decision Saturday would be bowing to fan impulsiveness. Give them what they demand with the first overall selection -- anybody who doesn't play quarterback. But it would defeat the institutional change the Lions are seeking. If they're confident that Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford is their man, they should stand up to public skepticism."
- Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines why Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson has traded down 13 times on draft day in his Packers career. The short version: Thompson trades down when he determines there are a glut of players of similar value available at his pick.
- Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette addresses whether there is a point of diminishing returns to trading back for extra draft picks.
- Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune examines whether Minnesota will address its need at right tackle in the first round of the draft. Arizona's Eben Britton should be available at No. 22 overall.
- Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press predicts the Vikings will select a cornerback with one of their top two picks.