5@5: Should Bears have waited for Panthers to release Cam Newton?

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Wednesday, March 25th
David Haugh, Zach Zaidman and the crew conducted their daily 5 at 5 segment, discussing and debating a variety of questions.

-- The Panthers released quarterback Cam Newton. Who will sign first: Newton or former Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston? If no market develops for Newton, should the Bears try signing him to one-year deal for as little as possible and let the best quarterback win a competition? Should the Bears have waited until the Panthers let Newton go to make their move at quarterback?

-- ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s mock draft projected six offensive tackles to go in the first round – but no tight ends and only one safety. If you’re Bears general manager Ryan Pace, do you have hope that a tight end with a first-round grade falls to you in the second round? Do you still consider tight end and safety need areas for the Bears in the draft? Can Pace afford to draft the best available player or does he need to draft for fit?

-- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told WFAA-TV that, “Hopefully by the middle of May, we're starting to get back to normal and the NBA is playing games." Did Cuban’s comments change your thinking about what’s ahead for the NBA or NHL? Do you think the postponement of the Summer Olympics will compel NBC to push its league partner, the NHL, to complete its season and crown a Stanley Cup champion?

-- The NCAA reportedly contacted Clemson’s compliance department to inform the school that quarterback Trevor Lawrence couldn’t have a GoFundMe page to benefit those affected by the coronavirus. The NCAA later issued a statement contradicting the story. What do you think really happened? And if you were Lawrence, given the uncertainty of next season, how tempted would you be to sit out altogether and start preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft?

-- Let your minds wander during these idle times: It’s October and your favorite Chicago baseball team is down one run in a decisive playoff game in the ninth inning with two outs and runners on second and third. What hitter on the White Sox and the Cubs would you want at the plate in that clutch moment? Conversely, if your team was leading, what pitcher for each team would you want on the mound?