Trades alter Bears' 2013 WR opponents

Trades alter Bears' 2013 WR opponents
March 11, 2013, 5:00 pm
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As moves percolate at Halas Hall in the hours before tomorrow’s opening of the NFL signing period, actions elsewhere around the NFL were unfolding with some ripple effects and interest for the Bears:

Harvin a ‘Hawk

FOX’s Jay Glazer’s report that the Minnesota Vikings were trading disgruntled receiver/returner Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks is a bit of mixed news for the Bears. It sends a significant nuisance for the Bears’ defense out of the division and off the 2013 schedule, Harvin missed both Bears games in 2012 but caught 17 passes for 193 yards in the two 2011 games, and nine passes for 136 yards and a TD in the 2010 meetings.

But while it is a positive for the Bears not to be faced with Harvin a couple of times per season, the Vikings pick up No. 1 draft choice this year and a mid-round one in 2014, plus a seventh-rounder this year. With the recent record of GM Rick Spielman on draft day (Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith last year), the Vikings now hold picks 23 and 25 in the first round.

No Boldin for Bears

While the Vikings were sending Percy Harvin off the Bears’ schedule, the Baltimore Ravens were doing the same with wide receiver Anquan Boldin. The Ravens dealt Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a late-round pick, adding even more to the firepower building in the NFC West.

If the Bears can slip by Green Bay and Minnesota or wild-card their way into the postseason, then they may have Boldin or Harvin to worry about. Not before. And best guess is that they would welcome the “problem” of dealing with them.

Hanie not happening in Denver

The Broncos have released Caleb Hanie after having him on the inactive list all 16 games last season. With Peyton Manning answering any durability questions and 2012 second-rounder Brock Osweiler in development, Hanie’s playing time was limited to preseason, which included 7-for-14 passing (and three sacks) vs. the Bears last Aug. 9.