SF 49ers: 3 trade-downs John Lynch may engineer for NFL Draft
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: John Lynch, SF 49ers fleece the Bears once again
San Francisco doesn’t have the perfect quarterbacking situation heading into 2020. But John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan don’t have to worry about their respective futures.
The same can’t be said of Bears head coach Matt Nagy and head coach Ryan Pace.
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Chicago is poised to move on from the quarterback it grabbed back in 2017 after that infamous trade with the SF 49ers, Mitchell Trubisky. And as Bears Wire’s Bryan Perez pointed out, Chicago is right back into quarterbacking purgatory:
"Life as a Bears fans is one big circle that keeps coming back to quarterback as the biggest offseason need every few offseasons. From the days of Rex Grossman being picked 22nd overall in the 2003 NFL draft, to the trade for Jay Cutler in 2009, to the decision to draft Trubisky second overall in 2017, Chicago always finds itself back in this awful, awful place. The Bears need a quarterback in the worst way. If one slides to No. 20 overall — and they don’t address it via trade or in free agency — GM Ryan Pace will have no choice but to think long and hard about pulling the trigger."
Yet one of the top signal-callers isn’t going to fall to No. 20 in the draft. Not even close. It’s even a bit of a pipe dream Trey Lance makes it to the Niners’ top pick at No. 12.
Again, assuming a player like Lance is there, Pace is looking at his own future as well as the team’s. Now is the time to get desperate. And if that means sending off multiple first- and second-round picks to San Francisco as a result, so be it.
True, this trade scenario includes the SF 49ers sending back a Round 3 pick in 2022. But right away, it’s a pick swap on day two of the draft, and the hope would be for the Niners to own a late selection in the round anyway.
Meanwhile, the Bears would get their quarterback hopeful for 2021 and beyond, Pace and possibly Nagy keep their jobs.
And Lynch keeps smiling once more.