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Bears GM Ryan Pace Ties Future To Trubisky After Going All-In With Draft-Night Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 28 / 17

The "final judgment" of Bears GM Ryan Pace's success or failure with the team will "forever be linked to Thursday night's decision" to trade up to the No. 2 pick and select North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky, according to Dan Wiederer of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The "momentous trade" sent jaw...

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