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Redskins Trade Adam Archuleta to Bears

Mar 20, 2007 – 7:13 PM
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We previously noted that the Bears and Redskins were talking an Adam Archuleta trade, and now NFL Network is reporting that the trade has gone down. Archuleta joins the Bears in exchange for "a conditional sixth-round draft pick," according to NFL Network.

Just this morning, the Washington Times reported that Archuleta "isn't going anywhere barring the unlikely event of a trade with Chicago." Although contract information is not currently available, it's likely that the trade included some kind of renegotiation, as Archuleta is due a $5 million roster bonus tomorrow.

For the Bears, Archuleta is a solid addition at safety, the position where Chicago's otherwise stellar defense was weakest. Archuleta is a good athlete who fits much better in Lovie Smith's defense than he did in Gregg Williams' defense: He excelled for the Rams when Smith was their defensive coordinator.

For the Redskins, the trade has to be a major disappointment: When they signed Archuleta to a major free-agent contract last season, the Redskins saw him as a major addition who would make an already strong defense even stronger. Instead, he was benched in November and spent the second half of the season as mostly a special teams player, and the Redskins' defense tanked. And now he's gone.
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