If there is one thing the Chicago Bears are good at, it’s acquiring bad quarterbacks.
You can say they always put out a top 10 defense.
Sometimes they have one of the league’s top running backs.
What about quarterbacks?
The Chicago Bears are where quarterbacks go to flourish.
ⓘ 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴
— Matt Kirkle (@mattkirkle) November 17, 2020
I have been on this earth for 26 years and I have never watched a Bears QB lead that team.
It is either the defense or running game that is topping charts and making playoff pushes.
All of that could change this offseason if the stars align.
Bears plan on taking "a big swing" for Russell Wilson, per @JFowlerESPN
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 14, 2021
Say goodbye to 2nd overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky.
Ship off the one-and-done underdog Nick Foles.
The Bears have been trying to open every window and door to allow Russell Wilson to waltz into Chicago.
After the announcement came out that Chicago was on Russell’s list of trade destinations, the city was in a craze.
— Bear Goggles On (@BearGogglesOn) March 11, 2021
The other three teams seem to be uninterested:
- Cowboys have signed Dak Prescott long term
- The Saints extended Taysom Hill and sources expect Jameis Winston to be the starter
- The Raiders do not seem to be interested
That leaves the Bears to be the only team left to make a move.
Can They Pull it Off?
The Bears have been trying everything to correct their cap space situation.
If you ask people who have been around the NFL long enough, they will tell you one thing about the salary cap:
It’s made-up nonsense.
Currently, the Bears sit $19M over the $182.5M salary cap for the 2021 season.
On March 12th alone, they cleared over $23M in cap space by restructuring current contracts.
The team is still in a big hole and the only other option is to start trading or cutting players.
The other issue is the Bears decided they wanted to make the Playoffs in 2020, so their draft pick is high.
It is hard to entice a team with draft picks when they are not at least top 10 picks.
The Chicago Bears after trading 7 1st Round Picks to land Russell Wilson pic.twitter.com/ucmQJm64bW
— Kyle Ledbetter (@CSM_MemesInsta) March 11, 2021
More the merrier, I guess.
My final issue with this trade is if Russell leaves Seattle, who is stepping in?
I am confident Nick Foles is staying in Chicago due to his $6.6M cap hit.
Trubisky and his next contract are not very attractive to the Seahawks.
The last option is for the Seahawks to draft a QB with the Bears picks, but again, not even top 10 picks.
If I am the Seahawks, this is not making a lot of sense.
If I am the Bears, what I have to give up for Wilson at this point is starting to not make sense.
Let’s say I am wrong and both sides want to get this deal done.
The only way I see this playing out is if a third team gets involved.
Just between the Bears and Seahawks, no one comes out winners.
If you include the Jets, on the other hand, you can make things quite interesting.
The Bears and Seahawks get their QB’s and the Jets can start building a defense for new HC Robert Salah.
The Seahawks receive:
- QB Sam Darnold
- Bears 2021, 2022, and 2023 first-round draft picks
The Bears receive:
- QB Russell Wilson
The Jets receive:
It might not be the perfect trade scenario, but the point is being made.
The Bears can’t do this without the help of another team.
If they really want to land Russell Wilson and save their team from further QB despair, it’s time to throw the hail mary.