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Phil Emery open to trading down at draft
The Bears don’t have a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, but general manager Phil Emery doesn’t mind. He’d give it up again if given the chance.
“I would trade those two third-rounders for Brandon Marshall again,” Emery said Wednesday at the Walter Payton Center. “I would go back and do that deal.”
And he’s up for more wheeling and dealing if another team is up for it.
With left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett now part of the Bears after busy first day of free agency, Emery said he’s open to listening to teams about trades that would deliver the Bears more picks in return.
Emery said adding Bushrod and Bennett will “open up the draft” for the Bears to “add to [their] weapons.”
“[Signing them is] going to give us so much flexibility,” Emery said. “To put it bluntly, we’re open for business. If teams want to approach us about trading back, we’re all ears. We’re not going to pass up on a really good player at 20 that we feel will have an immediate impact on winning right now.
“But certainly the draft has strengths and if we have the opportunity to pull back so that we can collect picks, we’re very open to that.”
Emery said it would be “draft day decision,”
“You want trade back into a draft that has positional strength where you may need to fill a hole,” Emery said. “So that you know that that player is available at various spots, if can trade back and get that player because you know don’t have to take that player with that exact pick to fulfill that need or that quality of player.”
The most important thing is the Bears now have flexibility, especially with Bushrod and Bennett on board, Emery said. Offensive tackle and tight end were positions in needs of upgrades.
“We don’t have to stay at 20 and say, ‘Well, we’ve got to have a tackle’ or ‘We have to have a tight end,’ ” Emery said. “We can’t come out of that pick. So yes, it’s extremely important to have that flexibility.”