Chicago Bears: The top 5 worst trades in franchise history

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The Chicago Bears trade their no. 11 overall pick for quarterback Rick Mirer

In a long line of bad moves and even worse quarterback play for the Bears, the trade for former no. 2 overall pick Rick Mirer is next. After four miserable years with the Seattle Seahawks to begin his NFL career, Mirer was dealt to the Bears along with a fourth rounder for their no. 11 overall pick.

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Mirer would go on to sign a 3-year deal with the Bears, worth over $11 million. However, he would play just one season, starting three games and losing them all while throwing zero touchdowns and six interceptions.

One would have thought they could have seen this coming, after Mirer threw 41 touchdowns and 56 interceptions in four seasons with the Seahawks. He wasn’t exactly holding up his original draft stock, but the Bears still somehow threw a first rounder to Seattle in exchange for his services.

That first-round pick would ultimately be packaged by the Seahawks to move up and select Ohio State standout cornerback Shawn Springs. The former Buckeye corner then spent seven seasons with the Seahawks.

To recap, Chicago traded for a quarterback who would start just three games for them and ultimately wound up being a reason the Seahawks landed a long-time starting cornerback on their squad.