For all the talks about Carter. None of us nor is anybody in the media actually in the room with him evaluating him.
Poles sniffed around him and caught a whiff of something he didn’t like.
Here’s the thing about Carter:
His legal problems, then his performance at the combine, followed by him showing up at his pro day even heavier and being unable to complete the drills was game, set, match. The legal problems told the world there were red flags on maturity. His response to that should have scared the crap out of every GM in the NFL. Then completely bombing his “job audition”, that fellas is a whole different animal you can’t unsee.
At some point, the talent is worth the gamble. For a Super Bowl participant with a very strong defense, perhaps the #9 overall pick is where the risk and potential reward intersect. That is NOT where risk and potential reward intersect for the Chicago Bears as presently constituted. Carter may have a Hall of Fame career, but for the Bears that would be a lucky outcome. They're not in a position to rely on luck overcoming poor decision-making (on their part).
All the above said, our biggest need was not just the (right) tackle position, but to fix the offense around Justin Fields so he can flourish, or to at least determine the passing game can actually flourish, let alone minimize the beatings he takes on passing situations.
Poles made the “Wright” decision.