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Twitter mailbag: Does Rams/Titans trade help Bears?

Here is the latest installment of the Chicago Bears’ weekly mailbag. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. Have a great weekend.

Jeff Dickerson: My assumption is Los Angeles moved up to take either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick, meaning there is a realistic chance all of the top three quarterbacks in the 2016 class -- Wentz, Goff and Paxton Lynch -- could be off the board before No. 11. So, on one hand, if the Bears secretly hoped to land a quarterback in round one, then yes, the blockbuster deal between the Rams and Titans may alter that line of thinking. On the other hand, if the top quarterbacks all get selected in the opening 10 picks, then maybe a player at a different position unexpectedly falls to the Bears at 11. That's why NFL teams have to be flexible and resist the urge to fixate on one guy. The draft is fluid. Thursday's monster trade is another prime example. Regardless, the Bears should be fine. I anticipate them being in position to draft a really good player at No. 11. JD: When a former first-round pick is released after two seasons that's a major red flag. New England is one of the most successful organizations in professional football. If Bill Belichick has no use for Easley, who is young and talented, there must be something going on behind the scenes that we are simply not privy to. I would tread lightly here. JD: Eddie Royal must have a good year. End of story. His $4.5 million base salary is fully guaranteed. Royal had only 37 receptions for 238 yards and one touchdown in an injury-plagued 2015. That's just not going to cut it moving forward. The Bears need the 2014 version of Eddie Royal, when he caught 62 balls for 778 yards and seven touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers. Can you imagine if Royal bounces back, Kevin White bursts onto the scene, and Alshon Jeffery stays healthy? The Bears receivers would be outstanding. That's best-case scenario. As for the draft; the Bears have nine picks, so I would not be surprised if they take a wideout somewhere that weekend - Chicago seems set in the return game with Omar Bolden and Deonte Thompson. The Bears additionally re-signed Marc Mariani in the offseason, primarily because of the solid work he did off the bench last year with 22 catches for 300 yards. Marquess Wilson is also under contract for one more year. JD: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, JT. The Bears obviously like Larsen, hence the $350,000 signing bonus. The belief is that Larsen is under strong consideration to start at guard next year. As for Slauson, I certainly feel he helped the Bears last season, especially when forced to fill in at center. Slauson is popular inside the locker room, and a true stand-up guy. But the NFL is a cutthroat business. The reality is Slauson just turned 30 and is scheduled to make around $3 million in 2016, although no guaranteed money is left on the deal. Plus, the current Bears regime is not responsible for bringing him to Chicago. That could make Slauson expendable. Maybe the Bears keep Slauson around and allow him to compete for the starting job in the preseason. Or perhaps they look to trade him, release him, or ask him to take a pay cut. The bottom line is that Slauson is not guaranteed to start next season. I think that's fairly obvious given the Larsen acquisition. JD: I think Miller can be an effective No. 1 tight end, provided he stays healthy. He caught 34 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns last year in a complementary role. But after Martellus Bennett went on injured reserve, Miller hauled in 18 receptions for 211 yards in the next three games. Again, health is the key. When Miller is on the field, he is highly productive in the passing game.