The past couple days, trades have ravaged the sports teams in Chicago. The Bulls traded away star Jimmy Butler, and the Blackhawks traded defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and winger Artemi Panarin.
Many fans do not like these deals, and the Butler deal even led to a GoFundMe page for a billboard promoting the firing of Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson, along with a plea for owner Jerry Reinsdorf to sell the team.
A lot of this anger was very similar to the anger at Bears general manager Ryan Pace during the NFL Draft, as his decisions were major headscratchers. That being said, most of the criticism came off the back of the trade Pace made to select Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick.
It is way too early to list that trade here as, quite frankly, we don’t know whether it will be a good or bad trade.
However, some decisions that Bears executives have made have proven to be disasters. None more than their deal to acquire a new quarterback in 1997. That guy’s name? Rick Mirer
Mirer had an average career in Seattle up to the point of the trade. He started 41 games during his 4 years with the Seahawks, averaging 2,274 yards a season. However, he only threw an average of 10 touchdowns a season.
Apparently, the Bears thought these numbers would good enough to give up the 11th overall pick for. They acquired the 105th overall pick and Mirer from Seattle.
There is no way to sugarcoat it, Rick Mirer was horrible in Chicago. During the 1997 season, he only started 3 games, backing up Erik Kramer for the other 13. He never threw for a touchdown with the Bears, and only threw for 420 yards with the team.
After the season he asked for, and was granted, his release from the Bears. Those stats stood as the entirety of his Bears career. They traded the 11th overall pick for a quarterback who threw for a grand total of 420 yards. Oh, and he joined the Packers after demanding his release.
It’s not like they had any success with the draft pick either, as it turned into Darnell Autry. Never heard of him? I don’t blame you. Autry rushed for a grand total of 319 yards for the team in his rookie season, which happened to be his only season in the Windy City. Though he did have a touchdown, which instantly made him more valuable than Mirer.
To add insult to injury, there were 2 pro-bowl quarterbacks available with the 11th pick in 1997. The Cardinals selected Jake Plummer with the 42nd pick, and Jake Delhomme went undrafted that season.
This trade, along with many others the Bears front office have made, is laughable. I could have put the Greg Olsen deal here, or the deal that sent future hall of famer Bobby Layne to New York when he was a back up. In fact, I could have chosen a plethora of other trades. However, trading the 11th overall pick for 3 games of terrible quarterbacking takes the cake.
Here’s to hoping the Trubisky deal doesn’t blow up in the Bears’ faces like this one did.