Bears exploring trading down from No. 29

Jerry Angelo let it be known last week he’d be interested in trading down and out of the first round in the right scenario.

Now, he’s shared that with at least one team picking in the top half of the second round. The Chicago Bears have called at least one team, according to a high-ranking executive, to let them know they could be willing to trade the 29th overall pick in the first round tonight.

The Bears have only six picks in the draft and with a handful of needs and a history of trading down, it makes sense that the team would try to add depth with additional picks.

"Trading down is easier to do and if there's enough players on the board when it's our pick, and it makes sense, then it's something that we would consider very seriously as what we've done in the past,” Angelo said last week.

The Bears have been in a similar position before. They held the 26th overall pick in 2006 and traded it to the Buffalo Bills on draft day in exchange for second- and third-round picks that were No. 42 (Danieal Manning) and No. 73 (Dusty Dvoracek), respectively.

"Once we've cemented how many players we would take at 29, that would be the barometer of how far we'll trade down,” Angelo said. "There's a little math involved with it. It's not scientific, obviously. And then you know we also have to look at the needs of those teams behind us. And you know we don't want to go down and then find out we're not really crazy about the guy we're getting. That doesn't make sense either, and then you're just collecting picks. That's not the theme of the draft is to collect draft picks. You have to feel good about that player you're going to trade down or you don't do it.”

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