Chicago Bears fans weren't the only ones left scratching their heads when general manager Ryan Pace, the youngest in the league, went ahead and made an objectively nonsensical trade during the first round of the NFL draft, trading away four picks for the right to move up from No. 3 overall to No. 2 overall and draft quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who would have been available to them anyway.
Rival front offices were similarly perplexed by the Bears deal.
Here's what one executive, from a team that's "routinely in the postseason," told CBS.com of the trade:
We don't know what the hell they were doing. It's all anyone is talking about. It's really bad between Pace and [head coach John] Fox. Fox is fuming about being left in the dark on the trade (for Trubisky). I don't know anyone who likes their draft. From the first pick on, we can't figure out what they were doing. Go back and look at how many small-school kids they took. People around the league are shocked. It's really bad between Pace and Fox.
Different exec, different team:
Either the Bears know something no one else in the league knows, or that draft just got a lot of people fired only they don't know it yet.
This offseason, the Bears signed quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract, with $18.5 million guaranteed for the upcoming season.