The following was written by profootballtalk.com's Mike Florio. I posted a comment at the end.
Amid rumors that the sudden termination of Bears director of pro personnel Bobby DePaul could lead to the departure of director of college scouting Greg Gabriel, a league source tells us that Gabriel most likely will remain on the job through the 2010 draft.
On the surface, it makes sense. The uncapped year makes free agency more limited than usual in 2010. In contract, the looming rookie wage scale has nudged more high-end juniors than ever into the draft pool. More than ever, the draft dramatically overshadows free agency in 2010.
Moreover, if Gabriel were going to be fired, why not fire him the same day DePaul was escorted out by security?
After the draft, however, Gabriel could indeed be gone. In this regard, his contract will likely be a factor. Many front-office personnel are signed not through the end of the football season but through the end of the draft season. If Gabriel's contract expires at some point after the 2010 draft, he could be vulnerable.
Then again, if his contract expires, Gabriel might want out of Chicago. As Micheal Ray Richardson once put it, "The ship be sinking." And as he said regarding how low it can go, "The sky's the limit."
Meanwhile, someone at the team's official web site might want to consider tweaking G.M. Jerry Angelo's online bio, since the triumphs attributed to him were orchestrated by the man who already has been dumped -- and by the guy who could be the next one out the door.
Here's what I can't figure out: If you're going to fire Gabriel why wait until AFTER the draft? If he is being let go because of his draft-day record why let him to contribute to yet another draft?
If this turns out to be true, it's the latest example of how sometimes decisions made at Halas Hall boggle the mind.