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Lovie Smith dined with safety prospect Allen

N. Allen.jpgNo one expects South Florida safety Nate Allen to fall far into the second round, and many think he’ll go in the first 32 picks.

The Bears don’t pick until No. 75, which is why we noted the Bears’ interest in him last week, and why we’re following up with the news Smith had breakfast with the kid before Allen’s Pro Day workout, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago would have to make a significant trade up for a chance to nab Allen, which would go against G.M. Jerry Angelo’s track record. 

In this desperate all-in year for the Bears, track records don’t seem to matter anymore.

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19 Responses to “Lovie Smith dined with safety prospect Allen”
  1. dscjmc says: Apr 7, 2010 8:54 AM

    well that’s real news!

  2. THE OZZ says: Apr 7, 2010 9:04 AM

    Why exactly are they anymore “desperate” than any other team in the NFL? The consistent talk of Chicago being a team with nothing to lose is exhausting. Would any other team be “all in” after ponying up for Peppers? I think not. He was the most coveted player in FA, until Chicago signed him. Then he became a guy that got to much money and lazy. What a joke.

  3. BleedGreen says: Apr 7, 2010 9:41 AM

    THE OZZ says:
    April 7, 2010 9:04 AM
    Why exactly are they anymore “desperate” than any other team in the NFL? The consistent talk of Chicago being a team with nothing to lose is exhausting. Would any other team be “all in” after ponying up for Peppers? I think not. He was the most coveted player in FA, until Chicago signed him. Then he became a guy that got to much money and lazy. What a joke.
    Because if they don’t go deep into the playoffs this year, the entire regime is going to get fired. When you’re playing with someone elses money trying to save your job, you go all in. Either it works and you look like a genius, or it doesn’t and you get fired and don’t have to clean the mess up.

  4. GridIron says: Apr 7, 2010 9:51 AM

    The reason they are desperate is obvious. The coach and GM of the Bears are on life support and will most certainly be fired if they don’t turn around that sinking franchise this year.

  5. rolltide says: Apr 7, 2010 9:52 AM

    Well Ozz, I think he means they’re more desperate because the head coach and GM are getting fired this year if they don’t turn it around. I figured you’d know this, since you have a crystal ball that told you Julius Peppers became lazy as a Bear, despite never having played a down for them yet.

  6. JJCheesehead says: Apr 7, 2010 10:00 AM

    if you dont like the news on this site, then leave.

  7. Reggie Cleveland All-Star says: Apr 7, 2010 10:27 AM

    Whatever. As a Bears fan, when or coach or GM dines or meets with draft prospects I could careless. I usaully feel bad for the kid because odds are it means you will never turn into anything in the NFL. Our GM can not evaluate potential in the NFL draft. The fact is he has had tons of opportunities to bring in an upgrade at the safety position all offseason and he hasnt. TO throw all your eggs in the basket on a rookie, especially when you have a proven track record of not drafting quality players, like most his moves is stupid. Could Nate Allen be good? Maybe. But I hate the fact that Angelo probably will be willing to mortgage everything on it, including a 2011 Round 1 pick since he wont be here anyways. Its going to be yet another 500 season or lower as long as we have DUmb and Dumber running this organization.

  8. THE OZZ says: Apr 7, 2010 10:33 AM

    @ rolltide
    I’m quoting the media regarding Peppers being lazy. That’s not my opinion, I’m a Peppers fan.
    Try reading and comprehending my post before you try to make a mockery of it…thanks.

  9. DanSnyder says: Apr 7, 2010 10:34 AM

    Ozz Julius Peppers is now perceived that way because he went to an organization that desperately needs him, will baby him, and did everything they could to get him sort of how what happened last year with the Redskins and Haynesworth and we see how that turned out.
    If peppers went to a place with stern coaching that was stable where Peppers would would be treated no differently from any other player then people would expect peppers to excel. Instead he ended up in a situation where he got paid and is a guy that has always been about the money moreso then haynesworth. It’s also worth noting how Peppers made it known many times he wanted to play in a 3-4 maybe to try something new and to rejuvinate his interest yet he signed with the team that offered him the most even though it was a 4-3 team. That says alot about his values.

  10. CookieFlash says: Apr 7, 2010 10:40 AM

    When are you guys going to handicap the team where Lovie will be a coordinator next season?

  11. Midway Monster says: Apr 7, 2010 10:43 AM

    If the Bears are really that desperate then make a play for Atogwe. He is a proven vet and can help immediately.
    And I get what you are saying OZZ: every team wanted Peppers because he was the catch of the offseason, but now that the Bears got him the tune has changed and he will be a failure. I think that is nonsense as well. This has been one exciting offseason and I am amped for September to arrive.

  12. spdy3450 says: Apr 7, 2010 10:46 AM

    I just hope lovie and Angelo don’t do something really stupid like trade Lance Briggs to move up in the draft.

  13. RossyRoss says: Apr 7, 2010 10:56 AM

    I just think the Bears suck period

  14. Reggie Cleveland All-Star says: Apr 7, 2010 11:18 AM

    @Midway Monsters
    Bears may may a move for Atogwe, but he is a Restricted Free Agents so any offer they make will surely be matched by the Rams. Rams didnt want any compensation because they fully intend on keeping him. THe only shot they have is that Atogwe holds out until June 1st when all RFA’s become unrestricted free agents. Personally I dont see that happening and we will end up with Manning and Payne/Afalava, until Lovie moves Manning again!

  15. dscjmc says: Apr 7, 2010 12:09 PM

    If a Bear takes a dump in the woods (say somewhere in Green Bay) and nobody is around to smell it- does it stink?

  16. theXfactor21 says: Apr 7, 2010 12:28 PM

    @ Reggie
    The Bears can get Atogwe easily from the Rams. It’s called poison-pill. You simply write the contract to have some stipulation in it that if he plays more than 5 games per year in Missouri then his entire contract becomes guaranteed. You then throw in a bunch of performance incentives to drive up the potential total-value of the package and there is ZERO chance that STL matches that.

  17. sguy2130 says: Apr 7, 2010 12:38 PM

    Hopefully the two hit it off. I hear Lovie normally plays hard to get, but Allen may have impressed him so much that Lovie cancelled his date with Hines Ward next week.

  18. Midway Monster says: Apr 7, 2010 12:53 PM

    Nobody cares what you think. Just go away.

  19. Jabberwocky says: Apr 7, 2010 9:46 PM

    Xfactor- I don’t think the Bears would use a “poison pill” because it’s frowned upon amongst league ownership. If they intended to, they would’ve signed him already. I don’t think the Bears can get him without including draft and/or player compensation. The more likely outcome will be the Bears drafting a FS in the 3rd or 2nd I suppose, and then signing a veteran after the draft. Hamlin or Sharper maybe.

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