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Payne traded to Rams for draft pick

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The Bears have traded safety Kevin Payne to the St. Louis Rams for a 2010 draft pick, the team announced.

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Bears, Payne started 22 of 32 games played over three seasons, recording 195 tackles, four interceptions, 10 passes defended and one sack.

Payne was made expendable after the Bears traded for Chris Harris on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Bears would get a seventh round pick, if Payne makes the Rams roster.

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A 2010 pick? So do they get to do the draft over again?

Thus virtually guaranteeing Chris Harris will be injured on the first game of the season..

Nooo!!!! Dear God NOOO!!!! How can he make the probowl as a bear if he isnt a bear??

Something is better than nothing, but a 7th round pick is not a whole lot.

Is it opening day roster, or just is on the roster? Some teams used to cut a guy in final cuts, and then re-sign him after the official rosters were set, but you don't see that very often any more. Too much information out there to get away with it I think.

So if the Rams get a strong safety that can start a few games for them, it is well worth a 7th round pick.

See, this is where the Bears fall short, and great organizations don't. They would have traded Payne first, and then made the move for Harris. The Panthers could have waited a couple of days to get their LB into camp, and Payne's value would have been better than a conditional 7th rounder.

The thing that scares me is Afalava's nerve condition in his shoulders, which could not only cause neck problems, but also prevent him from wrapping up to tackle. Not a good thing if you are the last line of defense. If it is a deteriorative condition, his career could be cut way short, and then we would be short two safeties, and either have to move Manning to second string SS, or move Steltz up to backup SS. Neither option is very appealing, but then again, neither is Afalava for that matter.

But take heart, Bears fans, because if Payne makes the Rams roster, we can draft another offensive lineman next year in the 7th round, someone like Chester Addams, Kirk Barton, or Tyler Reed...

I can't wait for the three years it will take for the Bears to reacquire the pro bowl player Kevin Payne bringing him back to the Bears for a player trade or a draft pick of a third round or higher.

It is called addition through subtraction, Einstein could never figure this theory of relativity out?

JA and Lovie, I know you can do it.

I know that I am little sarcastic (my bitterness is showing) and for that I do apologize. After thinking about it for a minute, actually it is better to get something for Payne, a 7th round pick is better than just cutting him and getting nothing at all.

Now use that pick to get O.J Atogwe

Look on the bright side. At least this time we're building a future draft rather than gutting it.

I rather liked Payne and think he was worth more than the Bears got for him. Is 7th round carved in granite? all I've read is "a draft choice to be determined later." Evidently I missed something since so many of you mention the 7th round.

Better than nothing. It figures the Ram's will be an early pick in the round. Sometimes those seventh round picks are currency to move up a half round in the middle rounds.

It seems like Kevin Payne had his chances with the Bears but his development seemed to level out last year. He probably was probably in danger of getting cut this year. He didn't always make the play, but I don't remeber him taking plays off. Maybe a change of scenery and schemes will be good for him.

Better than nothing. It figures the Ram's will be an early pick in the round. Sometimes those seventh round picks are currency to move up a half round in the middle rounds.

It seems like Kevin Payne had his chances with the Bears but his development seemed to level out last year. He probably was probably in danger of getting cut this year. He didn't always make the play, but I don't remeber him taking plays off. Maybe a change of scenery and schemes will be good for him.

Take it easy, Bumstead. Remember that anyone who wears a Bears uniform, even if for a few minutes, is eligible for the Hall of Fame (by your criteria). Can't wait to see your buddy Mike Hass there. LOL!

Personally, I'd rather the Bears kept Payne and kicked Craig Steltz's worthless behind to the curb. I don't know what the Bears find so fascinating with him. I feel more comfortable when Payne is on the field than Steltz... and that goes for special teams, too. Same goes with Josh Bullocks.

So basically we traded away a 5th for a possible 7th? Cause Payne cost the Bears a 5th. This is worse than buying a new car, why does the value on all our players drop so much? The good news is, its the Rams so if he does make the roster its a high 7th rounder, totally sweet, way to go Angelo.

So this week we loose a 5th round pick and a 4th round pick. But we get back a 6th round pick that Angelo should have never traded away to begin with(even though he is struggling) and maybe a 7th, excuse me maybe a high 7th.

The man is a genius. I gotta go check off two more Angelo draft picks that never made it as a Bear. If Harris continues to struggle in Cover 2 it will be three.

By the way where is Kevin A.? He has got an I told you so coming and I earned it. We debated Payne for over a year. Winner Winner Chicken dinner now get your @ss on this board and take your I told you so like a man.

Who mentioned another Chester Adams in the 7th? His friends call him Chedder you know, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Chedder. Besides don;t forget we have Mike Tice now and anyone we draft will become and instant All Pro because of this. He has never not coached an All Pro. They are all the best ever, same with Rod, but this time its differnt this time its offense.

By Creighton on April 29, 2010 10:19 AM
"By the way where is Kevin A.? He has got an I told you so coming and I earned it. We debated Payne for over a year. Winner Winner Chicken dinner now get your @ss on this board and take your I told you so like a man."

It really is entertaining to see you call someone out for not "manning up" Creighton. Oh but you are the expert on "manning up" aren't you? Remember that wager you made last year?

By Creighton on March 25, 2009 11:48 PM

"In fact I am so sure that Angelo will not get him [Cutler] that if he does, I will be outside Soilder Field in a hot pink panties that say spank me, singing the Crackers Happy birthday to me while holding up a sign that reads Brando rules and I suck...First home game and I will also paint myself Orange and Blue and get a tattoo thats says Angelo is the man on my forehead."

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2009/03/rocky_mountain_high_bears_repo.html

Fortunately you admitted you were wrong and showed up at the Bears-Steelers game like you said you would in pink underwear and we all had a good laugh. Oh wait, nevermind, that didn't happen. Actually you did none of what you said you would. In fact, you pretended to go into hiding for several months, posted under "anonymous" and then claimed that you never said those things in the first place. You're just a yellow-bellied coward with a big mouth, Creighton. Will you ever man up? No, of course not. You're only brave behind a keyboard and monitor.

Man up, Creighton. Man up.

I still say had Chicago kept Kevin Payne at strong safety, instead of moving him back and forth from strong to free safety, he would have been all right. In early 2008, when Chicago had Mike Brown at free safety, and Payne at strong safety (his natural position), Payne was leading the team in tackles and seemed to be where ever the ball was. Payne was an effective strong safety especially when he had a chance to stay at the position and get comfortable there like in early 2008. Then they moved him to free safety around mid-season and the guy simply got lost. Even this year with little playing time Payne still racked up 60 tackles, thats pretty good. Again, the guy is around the ball a lot. Payne was a good run stuffer inside the box. I would have liked to see Chicago keep Payne at strong safety and develope him there instead of moving him from free-strong safety, like they did this year even. Payne only played safety two seasons in college, the coaching staff should have worked with him at one position, strong safety, his best position. I still think the guy can be a very good strong safety if the right coaching staff gets a hold of him.

Creighton, as far as Rod Marinelli goes, all he did was take the personnel Chicago had on their front, (and we all know how you feel about the Bears personnel up front, or at any other positon for that matter), and generated 24 sacks, tied for 9th most in the NFL among defensive fronts. Creighton, again for emphasis, 9th out of 32 teams! Dude, thats good any way you look at it. Marinelli was brought in to help Chicago's pass rush, and he did. No he didn't turn them into the fearsome foursome, but as a defensive line coach he did his job, you can't argue with that GO BEARS!!

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