Trader Jerry Quiet this Time Around

General manager Jerry Angelo is used to making trades to acquire additional draft picks. Although he didn't pull the trigger on any deals this time around, it wasn't because of a lack of interest.

In 2002, Angelo traded the Bears second round pick to Dallas for an additional third and fifth round pick as well as swapping spots in the fourth round. The deal netted the Bears Roosevelt Williams, Alex Brown and Bobby Gray.

Williams was a bust in Chicago, lasting just one season.

Brown has become a staple on the defensive line. He's still developing as a pass rusher and was rewarded with a contract extension last season.

Gray has been a fringe player, who has flashed signs of being a potential starter, but has lack of consistency has kept him in a backup role

In 2003, Angelo sent the fourth pick in the draft to the Jets for two first round picks and a fifth round selection, which turned out to be Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman and Ian Scott.

New York traded up to select defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson. He's been an above average contributor but has yet to prove worthy of the lofty draft status.

Haynes has been unable to crack the starting lineup. Angelo had to trade for Adewale Ogunleye because Haynes doesn't fit Lovie Smith's speed emphasized system.

Grossman is the key to the deal and at this point in time the grade is incomplete. Injuries have ended his first two seasons in the league and the upcoming campaign is likely a make or break for Grossman.

While Scott appeared to be a long-shot to make the team heading into training camp last year, he not only made the squad but has secured a starting role ahead of second round pick Tank Johnson.

In 2004, Angelo made a minor deal, to move back nine spots in the fourth round the Bears picked up an additional fifth round pick from San Francisco. With the two selections Angelo took Leon Joe and Claude Harriott, neither made the team.

This year, Detroit reportedly tried to move up two spots and offered Angelo a third round pick to swap second round selections.

"We talked about trading down in the second, we had some phone calls, we would have liked to have picked up another third but we felt we could have lost Bradley in the interim and we did not want that to happen," Angelo said.

The second day of the draft brought more interest.

The Bears' phone was ringing in the minutes leading up to their selection of Kyle Orton.

"We had people calling us, and we know it was for him," college scouting director Greg Gabriel said. "Teams were trying to get in that spot, and based on who it was, we felt it was for him."

Angelo stood pat because he felt the team has depth and needs to improve the overall talent level.

"We're not trying to collect players, we want quality I said that going into he draft," Angelo said. "We want to work the top part of our roster. We wanted to help our offense."


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