The Chicago Bears made big news to start the NFL off-season when GM Ryan Poles traded the number one overall selection to the Carolina Panthers. Before he pulled off the deal to Carolina, Poles believes he could have involved the Houston Texans and traded down twice while still remaining in the top ten picks, reports Pro Football Talk's Peter King.

“I thought there was an opportunity to do something historically pretty cool with a trade from one to two and two to nine,” Poles said, “That had potential to add more draft capital this year, and then the possibility that you’re sitting on three ones in the following year. That had my attention. But my gut told me to trigger on it now.”

Obviously, Poles is right when it comes to the amount of capital this would have netted the Chicago Bears. However, ‘his gut' told him to agree to the trade with the Carolina Panthers. Once D.J. Moore became a part of the package in return for the number one overall pick, Poles decided it was too good to pass up. Poles also mentioned to Peter King that he has a good relationship with Panthers GM Scott Fitterer.

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“Scott and I have a pretty good relationship, being around each other on the road…I think that played a big part of it. And trust. He wanted to get it done. He was clear with his intentions.”

Trust is a key factor when making trades at the professional level, and it sounds like this is the deal that made Ryan Poles most comfortable. Speculation over multiple trades back in the first ten picks is fun to discuss, but ultimately Poles opted for the sure thing with Fitterer and the Carolina Panthers.