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So the draft came and went, and Odell Beckham Jr. is still a Giant.

Dave Gettleman didn’t quit on talent after all.

Between now and the opening of training camp, the Giants should build on the momentum of good vibes and engage in serious negotiations with the Beckham camp and reach a deal that will make him the highest-paid receiver in football: three years, $54-57 million or five years, $90-95 million. Something along those lines.

Yes, pay the man.

It appears that Beckham has begun to play ball with the new regime, can’t wait to play ball with his new fast friend/“little brudda” Saquon Barkley and form a younger Killer Bs tandem than Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

No one is interested in the distraction of a training-camp holdout that would mar the beginning of the Pat Shurmur era.

Beckham and Shurmur have the beginnings of a relationship forged on honesty and mutual respect, and there are encouraging signs John Mara’s loud message that no one is untouchable in the wake of Beckham’s latest behavioral foible in Paris seems to have been received.

Of course, with so many millions on the line, why the hell wouldn’t it be?

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It appears to be the end of the road once again for former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Cutler is expected to retire soon. Rapoport notes Cutler will be appearing on wife Kristin Cavallari’s reality show. He also did not rule out Cutler going into the broadcast booth with FOX, something he was expected to do last year before an opportunity to join the Miami Dolphins arose. He was set to be part of the network’s No. 2 team along with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis on NFL

All of those hoping to hear Cutler talk about his former team had their dreams dashed when an injury occurred to Miami Dolphins signal-caller Ryan Tannehill during the summer. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase worked with Cutler in 2015 in Chicago and called upon his former QB for some help. On August 3, Cutler signed with the Dolphins, casting aside his television booth dreams. He signed a one-year deal and was named the team’s starter for Week 1. In 14 starts for the Dolphins he completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,666 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. As a starter he went 6-8.

The 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt by the Broncos, Cutler showed signs of improvement in each of his first handful of seasons in the league. As a rookie in 2006 he started five games, throwing for 1,001 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. The following year he took over as the team’s starter and threw for 3,497 yards with 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In his Pro Bowl year with the Broncos in 2008, Cutler once again started all 16 games, throwing for 4,526 yards with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions

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On the eve on the NFL draft, offensive tweets from a potential No. 1 pick, Josh Allen, surfaced on social media.

The former Wyoming quarterback acknowledged the tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night and apologized, saying he was young and dumb.

The tweets no longer appear on Allen’s account. However, they contained racial slurs and other offensive language, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The tweets cited by Yahoo! Sports were sent in 2012 and 2013, when Allen was in high school.

Allen told Smith that some of the tweets made reference to rap lyrics and television, including a saying that was part of an episode from the sitcom “Modern Family.”

On ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that his sources indicated Allen’s Twitter account was vetted in January and that the offensive tweets were removed then.

Allen is ranked as the top quarterback in the draft, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., and is projected by many to be selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick.

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A team with a top-five draft pick told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it knew nothing about the tweets and that it had “never heard anything but positives” about Allen.

Would Ryan Pace select Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds with the 8th overall pick?

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The Chicago Bears spot at eight is an interesting one. It seems that seven names have emerged above the rest: the four quarterbacks, Quenton Nelson, Saquon Barkley and Bradley Chubb. If the draft doesn’t have any surprises, it’s likely that those seven names are taken before anyone else. If that’s the case, the Bears at eight will have plenty of options from the next tier down.

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One of those names is Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Could he be Ryan Pace’s selection? It’s definitely a name you would think he would consider. Edmunds has a rare combination of size and speed that you just don’t see in linebackers. He checks in at 6’5, 250 lbs and he can run a 4.5 40-yard dash. Edumunds probably needs to add more strength, but he has the frame to do it and if he does, he could be a scary man on the football field.

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Some scouts say that teams should take Edmunds and move him to the edge position and have him focus on rushing the passer. While taking an edge position makes more sense in the top ten than an inside linebacker, is it a good idea to take the 8th pick and instantly move him to a position he’s uncomfortable with?

The question about Edmunds is his instincts. He is such a gifted athlete, he’s never had to rely on quick reads. If he’s a step slow reacting, he has always been able to use his speed to close the gap. Will that work at the NFL level? It does for some, but gifted athletes have to reach rare air to make up for poor instincts at the highest level.

Edmunds has also struggled at times in pass coverage so by no means is he a perfect prospect but he does fit that Pace profile of a player with massive upside that could develop into a dominant force.

Pace’s first-round pick (Kevin White, Leonard Floyd, Mitch Trubisky) have all been the same thing- massive upside guys that are borderline projects. He wants guys that can potentially reach the moon and become difference makers. He doesn’t want high-floor, low-ceiling guys in round one that will almost certainly be good, but don’t have the potential to be special.

The biggest issue with the selection of Edmunds is the need at inside linebacker. With Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski, it’s not exactly a position of need (although depth at the position is needed badly). But at the same time, when you are picking in the top ten, you shouldn’t be picking to fill holes on the roster, you should be picking the absolute best player available and fill your roster with talent. Filling holes is how teams miss on talent and end up picking in the top ten year after year.

Edmunds fits the Pace profile but he doesn’t fit a position of need or a position that usually warrants a top ten selection. Will Pace see Edmunds size and speed and massive potential and take the plunge? It’s unlikely Edmunds goes in the top seven, so if Pace wants him, he should have him available when the Bears are on the clock.

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If the Chicago Bears do end up getting the chance to trade down, what are some realistic possibilities?

You hear it all the time; “Player X or trade down.” “The Chicago Bears are in prime position to trade down.” “Keep an eye on the Chicago Bears as trade down candidates.” That is easy to say, harder to do. Who are they trading down to? What are they getting back? Who is the team trading up for? Who is the team trading up? Today, we present five scenarios in which the Chicago Bears actually may incline to trade down.

Miami Dolphins

BEARS GETRD 1, #11, RD 3, #73, RD 6, #209

DOLPHINS GETRD 1, #8, RD 7 #224

The Chicago Bears are able to add a third-round pick in which they do not have this year. Also, late in the draft, they are able to jump up 13 picks and get into the bottom of the sixth round from their high seventh-round pick. According to the draft value chart this gives the Bears a total value of 1482.8 points and only giving away 1402 in value. The swapping of late picks is likely overkill, but is the icing on the cake that gets the Bears to sell a top ten asset in this draft, even if it means jumping down just three spots. Considering what the Colts go to move down three spots to number 6, this is a bargain for Miami.

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Players Bears could consider at 11: Roquan Smith, Denzel Ward, Harold Landry, Marcus Davenport 

Buffalo Bills

BEARS GETRD 1, #12, RD 2, #56

BILLS GETRD 1, #8, RD 7 #224

This one could be easy and could land the Bears in an excellent spot. The Bills trade the second round pick they got last year for Sammy Watkins, and still have a full slate of draft picks. They also move into the top ten to get their quarterback. The Bears add a second round pick, which is a better haul than moving up to the sixth round and grabbing a third round asset. According to the value chart, they are getting 1,540 points, which is more than the Dolphins offered. However, this is the Bills best bet to beat that Dolphins offer, and for the Bears to get a better asset and move down just one more spot, they would be all over this deal.

Players Bears could consider at 12: Roquan Smith, Marcus Davenport, Harold Landry, Isaiah Wynn 

Arizona Cardinals

BEARS GETRD 1, #15, RD 2, #47

CARDINALS GETRD 1, #8

This trade involves dipping further back into the first round. Still, the Bears get a higher overall pick

in the second round and do not lose their seventh-round pick. The total value of the Cardinals haul would give the team 1,480 points, which is about in range to what they have been seeing. Still, this one would take the team having more faith in how the next eight picks will fall, because it would be much easier for them to move down to 11 or 12 and know a particular player that still would be there. Still, if they have their eyes on a guy who will be there at 15, and can come home with two quick hits at 39 and 47 on Day 2, that could be a huge haul of three players for the Bears.

Players Bears could consider at 15: Marcus Davenport, Josh Jackson, Isaiah Wynn, Leighton Vander Esch

Baltimore Ravens

BEARS GETRD 1, #16, RD 2 #52, 2019 RD 2

RAVENS GETRD 1, #8

The pressure has been turned up on John Harbaugh, and they are sick of being stuck in neutral with Joe Flacco. It is time to surprise everyone and be that team to make the bold move up. However, the Ravens are in a tough spot when it comes to assets. They have eight picks this year, but their extra pick is just a 6th rounder. To lose their second rounder plus 16 to move up would equal 1,380 points on the value chart. Without completely rendering this year as a one pick committal, the Ravens reach into the bag and throw a 2019 second at Chicago. While one of their assets would not come for a full season, having the extra 2019 second rounder in the pocket makes the team much more flexible to package deals together with their two fourths and move up in this draft again. They could find a guy in the middle of the first round but also add two and potentially three more players in the first two days when it originally had looked like they would only end up with two players total.

Players Bears could consider at 16: Josh Jackson, Isaiah Wynn, Leighton Vander Esch, James Daniels 

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Patriots

BEARS GETR1, #23, R1 #31, R3 #95, R7, #219

PATRIOTS GETR1, #8, R4, #117

This one is a bit more complicated, but rumors have been around that the Patriots are invested in a quarterback this year. When they traded away Brandin Cooks, they told the league they had their eyes on someone. However, 23 and 31 do not get the Patriots up to 8, let alone into the top five. So, if a player slips, and the Bears are in a spot at 8 they get a decent haul back. The Bears get the Patriots two first round picks, which is valuable considering both of them come with fifth-year options. On top of that, their second fourth-round pick turns into a late third. A 22 pick move up. This pick is a bit more fair for the Patriots than others in terms of the point system, but the move up from into the third and the second first-round pick could easily seal the deal.

Players Bears could consider at 23: Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore, Will Hernandez, Connor Williams 

Players Bears could consider at 31: Connor Williams, Frank Ragnow, Lorenzo Carter, Josh Sweat