I was asked this question by a friend of mine as I was complaining about the Bears inability to get a #1 weapon for Jay Cutler. I believe that we were an injured thumb away from the playoffs and a #1 WR away from being a real contender in the NFC.
If Dwayne Bowe is franchised tagged as most expect would you explore this deal.
If it was going to cost what the Dolphins gave up for Brandon Marshall 2 2nd round picks would you trade that for Dwayne Bowe?
The Bears have an extra top 10 pick in the 3rd round so we would still have 7 picks.
It would take the risk of Angelo drafting a WR away as he has struggled to do so.
It would make it so Darryl Drake was not expected to develop a young player, which he has not done.
It would provide the Bears with what they had been missing my entire lifetime in a real #1 WR and a true threat in the passing game.
Angelo's asshole is too puckered up right now to really go out and do us any good as far as either drafting a top-tier WR or going after one in a trade for a Dwayne Bowe. I'm still hoping and praying that Angelo is gone after this year, but after reading that article you posted, Windy, I'm fearful that the son of a bitch will be coming back to do more harm for this franchise.
If they tag him, I think he has the option to go where ever, if the other team gives them the required draft picks. The real question is why would he want to come here?
There are reasons why he would want to come to Chicago. Lovie Smith is a well-respected, player's coach and is thus renowned for that around the league. I think that the fact that he would be the go-to receiver for Jay Cutler would be reason for him to come play for the Bears.
On the other hand, my father is always fond of saying to me whenever I hail the Bears as one of the great franchises in the NFL, "Why the hell would anyone want to play in Chicago, where it's so fucking cold, windy, and gross?" You see, even though he grew up knowing Doug Atkins, Doug used to tell him stories about playing for the Bears, for George Halas, that were not very flattering. Now, most of Doug's great successes came as a Bear, no doubt, but he had little nice to say about the franchise. How I became a fan of the Bears, which isn't exactly the most modern franchise in terms of public relations with fans, etc., is because I like the history of the franchise.
Maybe some of that history will overcome Dwayne Bowe or anyone else who is drafted, traded for, or signed as a free agent. I love history, as that is what I major in. I don't know how anyone could not want to be a part of a great tradition such as the Bears enjoy.