But it's also a trade that a team makes when it's looking to the future. The Bears get a sixth-round pick and more snaps for younger players. The Bears' brass essentially did Allen a solid favor after giving him an $11.5 million bonus in March and $14.62 million for 18 games of work. This is the type of contract that bad organizations hand out. Allen, who finished the 2014 season as a solid starter, was a player in decline even before he arrived in Chicago. They still guaranteed him a ton of money over the first two years of his contract.
Coach John Fox's news conference Monday, which finished before the Allen and Bostic trade news, was full of telling responses to questions about his offense. When he was pointing out positives from the 26-0 loss to the Seahawks, the first thing he referenced was punt protection. After that, we can't decide which response from Fox below we liked the best:
» On the team's offense: "We need to generate more than zero points to win games, there's no doubt."
» On the team's 0-3 start: "I don't know that it's all been horrible. I know the result is horrible."
» On choosing to punt on fourth-and-one at midfield in the fourth quarter: "After I saw the third-and-one, I wasn't too encouraged."
» "There were some bright spots. You guys don't see them ... on a pass-fail system, no one is totally pleased."
» On his offense: "Was it a conservative game plan? That's probably a fair assessment."