Still, there was important ground covered irrespective of Trubisky and the Bears' most recent top picks, and because our focus Tuesday was mostly on the quarterback, several players rehabbing offseason surgeries, and Matt Nagy and his coaching staff changes, we're switching gears and sharing what we heard from team brass on Leonard Floyd, Adam Shaheen and Eddy Pineiro, along with out interpretations.
Floyd love keeps flowing: "We're happy with Leonard. I know the stats don't always say that. Leonard does a lot of things that go a little undervalued. ... For him, he plays with such a high motor. He plays physical. He played the run really well this year. Again, there's a lot of things in coverage that he does that a lot of outside linebackers in the NFL can't do," Pace said.
Bears Insider take: In a potential contract season, Floyd managed a career-low three sacks. That disappointment was magnified by Khalil Mack's declined productivity and Akiem Hicks' half-season-long absence, resulting in the Bears ranking only 27th in sack percentage — down from No. 9 last season — and finishing No. 22 in the NFL in ESPN's new metric pass rush win rate.
Suffice to say, the play of the Bears' three highest-paid pass rushers is intertwined. For instance, with Hicks out of the equation and Floyd struggling to win individual matchups, Bears opponents opted to deploy chip help to Mack on 58 snaps, the third-highest total in the NFL, according to PFF.
It stands to reason, then, that the Bears might covet next season a Mack bookend who can take greater advantage of so many one-on-ones than Floyd, who hasn't lived up to expectations rushing the passer as a former No. 9 overall pick but is slated to earn a top-10 EDGE salary of $13.2 million on his fifth-year team option.
Pace wouldn't get into contract specifics on any player — including Floyd — and it wouldn't behoove the Bears to do so for someone who could have trade value. Our hunch is that the two sides could look to strike a long-term agreement that would give Floyd more security but a price tag better reflective of his versatility but also limitations as a rusher.