This week the Sunday Splash! circuit included an unexpected curved ball.
CBS’s Jason La Canfora reported that the Bears have spoken to former NFL defensive lineman and current agent Trace Armstrong about the team’s resumption of football operations.
La Canfora added that if Armstrong accepted the job, Ohio State coach Ryan Day would become a candidate to coach the team, given he is a client of Armstrong and Armstrong sang Day’s praises to potential NFL suitors.
There is a catch. It is quite important. Armstrong denies speaking to the team.
“I have the greatest respect for the Chicago Bears organization, the McCaskey family and [team president] Ted Phillips, ”Armstrong said on Twitter. “However, any claim that I have engaged in conversations with them about joining the club in any capacity is just not true. “
The Bears made no comment when asked about the PFT report.
Armstrong, 56, was a Bears first-round pick in 1989. He spent six years in Chicago and 15 in the NFL, finishing with 106 career sacks and a Pro Bowl berth in 2000.
If the Bears explore the possibility of hiring a football operations chief, it would call into question the future of coach Matt Nagy, general manager Ryan Pace and Phillips, who have essentially run football operations for over 20 years. years without the responsibility that usually comes with such responsibilities.