The Houston Texans have reaped the benefits of the Chicago Bears' maddening decision to trade up in the 2017 NFL Draft to select UNC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick. Doing so gave the Texans the opportunity to trade up to nab Clemson star Deshaun Watson at No. 11.
That's an egregious swing and miss by Chicago, and it (somehow) looks a lot worse now.
Watson provided some shocking information about the Bears' pre-draft plans in a ruthless response to a tweet by Fox Sports pundit Doug Gottlieb. In the post, the two-time Pro Bowler revealed that Chicago didn't even contact him leading up to the event.
General manager Ryan Pace has some serious explaining to do. How can you even face the media after something like this leaks? Now, it's almost fair to assume that Patrick Mahomes, who fell to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 10 overall, wasn't even on the Bears radar.
Fast forward to 2020 and Chicago declined the fifth-year option on Trubisky's rookie contract. The franchise also gave up a fourth-round pick for Nick Foles this offseason as insurance in case the former Tar Heel continues to struggle.
Through three seasons, Trubisky's stats pale in comparison to that of Watson. The former has totaled 8,544 yards with 48 touchdowns and 29 interceptions, whereas the latter has produced 9,716 yards and 71 touchdowns compared to 29 interceptions.
The Bears are simply never going to live this down.