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WTF of the Day: Thomas Jones Traded To Jets

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During their Super Bowl run LAist sorta fell in love with Da New Bears. And seeing as it's going to be a long time till LA gets an NFL team we were kinda thinking about adopting the Monsters of the Midway, especially since so many of us on staff here are from the Windy.

And we are willing to hang in there with Sexy Rexy as he learns how to get it together in the NFL, but holy mother of fucked-up trades, WTF are the Bears doing trading away their best running back when they're still relying on their Defense and special teams to provide points on the board like total freaks?

Jets fans are thrilled about the trade that only had NY giving up their second round pick in the draft for Jones. Plus the Jets get Chicago's (lower in the draft) 2nd round pick:

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Outstanding, Jets get talented RB for draft pick they fleeced Redskins out of last year and still get last pick in second round. Unless Jones becomes a COMPLETE bust, this is about as one sided of a deal as you could hope for. Jets still have much work to do, Pats have improved with the addition of Adalius Thomas and Wes Welker. I wish it were early September right now! - Matt E

Bears fans, not so much. A poll on the Chicago Tribune web site currently has 82% of the 7,000 voters choosing "Are you kidding me" to describe their feelings about the trade instead of "I like it".We hate it. But the Chicago Sun-Times shows us the silver lining in these dark clouds. Not only does it allow Cedric Benson the chance to simply focus on being the primary choice out of the backfield, but apparently going from nearly the bottom of the second round in the upcoming draft to near the top is a huge jump in every NFL team's minds.

Moving up from the next-to-last pick of the second round to the fifth pick in the round is worth quite a bit on the draft-value chart that former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson created more than 15 years ago. Johnson assigned a point value to every selection in the draft to help teams pull off deals. The chart is so popular that it's found in every team's war room on draft day and is used as a framework for trades. The 37th pick is worth 530 points -- 254 more than the 63rd pick that the Bears gave up. It might not sound like much, but the Bears would have had to combine their third-, fourth- and fifth-round picks to jump into the No. 37 slot. They've created a lot of wiggle room come draft day. They can stay where they are and pick up a couple of good players or combine their first-rounder (No. 31) with the 37th pick to move up as high as No. 11. - Sun-Times

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