Bears trade Ryan Groy to Patriots for Matthew Wells

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A couple of young players are switching teams in a deal that gives both a better chance of making a regular-season roster.

The Bears have sent guard Ryan Groy to New England for linebacker Matthew Wells.

Wells was a sixth-round draft pick of the Patriots this year, and it’s rare for a draft pick to get traded before he’s even had a chance to play in a preseason game. But the Patriots apparently thought Wells wouldn’t have a great chance of making their roster, and so they’ve gotten something of value for him.

That something is Groy, who signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent last year and ended up starting the last three games of the season. Groy showed some promise in Chicago last year, but the Bears’ new coaching staff apparently didn’t think Groy was a good fit in their offense, and so he’s off to New England.

Neither Groy nor Wells was likely to make the 53-player roster before this trade. If they both make their rosters on their new teams, this is a trade that worked out well for everyone.

18 responses to “Bears trade Ryan Groy to Patriots for Matthew Wells

  1. Wells, the linebacker the Patriots gave up, is legally blind in one eye.

    Seriously, the Patriots had a half-blind guy named Wells that they couldn’t wait to ship out of town. You can’t make this stuff up.

  2. This is the genius of Bill Belichick. After just a few weeks he’s seen enough to assess Wells and accept that he erred in drafting him. Rather than just cutting him, BB identified another player on another team that he would like to give an opportunity.
    On any other team, Wells would have been given a lot more time to show something, but Bill has high standards and has the capacity to accept he made a draft error and immediately address it. In New England, mediocrity is never acceptable.

  3. Moves like these trading a 1 eyed LB that was most likely to get cut(he is 80% blind in one eye) for a versatile guard with 4 games played and 3 games as a starter is why the draft picks we lost won’t hurt the Pats as Goodell and the other sore losers hoped for. Maybe they need harsher penalties next time Brady doesn’t tie his shoelaces properly and ruins the integrity of the game or something -_- OR your teams could try to play better and smarter and beat the Pats fair on the field. Mic drop…..

  4. Wells won’t play LB for the Bears. At 215-220 lbs he is way too smsll. He is however the perfect size for a SS and with 4.4 speed he could do damage back there. Bare minimum he’ll push for a ST role.

    The nice thing about this trade is thst you have two kids who weren’t going to make their respective teams so the GM s got together and figured out a way for each of them to go someplace where they might have a better chance. The Pats tend to screw every team they trade with but as a Bears fan I’m glad they’re doing right by Groy. I doubt Wells makes the 53 but he may have a shot at practice squad.

  5. My friend Bill (Belichick) drafted him for his special teams potential and he obviously wasn’t showing enough desire in that department. We’re looking at starting 2 rookies at guard so at the very least Groy pushes them to be better.

  6. The good thing is, now Groy will have a chance to learn how to play the game correctly. He should be thrilled with coming to a winner.

  7. This is the genius of Bill Belichick. After just a few weeks he’s seen enough to assess Wells and accept that he erred in drafting him. Rather than just cutting him, BB identified another player on another team that he would like to give an opportunity.
    On any other team, Wells would have been given a lot more time to show something, but Bill has high standards and has the capacity to accept he made a draft error and immediately address it. In New England, mediocrity is never acceptable.
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    Or, the kid has integrity and won’t cheat. So Billy dumped him.

  8. Looks like a fair trade for both parties involved. Groy might have a shot at sticking and if my calculations are correct, only 40% chance Wells sees this post.

  9. Only the idiot Bears would do this. This is why the Bears are the joke of the NFCN.

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