The Chicago Bears have done nothing to clarify their quarterback situation.
Signing Andy Dalton this week did not help; it may have created more questions.
We know that the Bears were working behind the scenes to trade for Russell Wilson, and everyone assumed it was a failed effort when Dalton was signed.
If the #Bears end up with Andy Dalton and Nick Foles as their quarterbacks for the 2021 NFL season, especially with all the hype around Russell Wilson, the disappointment would be at a whole new level, even for Bears fans. pic.twitter.com/aSm8K42m66
— Nicholas Moreano (@NicholasMoreano) March 15, 2021
Trade Is Still Possible
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Bears’ pursuit of Russell Wilson may not be over.
In the short term, the Seahawks definitely are not trading Wilson.
"I don't think it's done, no. I don't think I'm ready to say Russell Wilson is a Seahawk, will be a Seahawk."pic.twitter.com/cI3r6vUCK3
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 17, 2021
Schefter mentions the draft is 6 weeks away so there is still time for Seattle to change course.
He also talked about how the Seahawks liked Andy Dalton in 2011 when he was a draft prospect.
It is unclear if that translates into a blockbuster deal one decade later that sends a franchise quarterback like Wilson to Chicago for a backup quarterback such as Dalton.
What Did The Bears Offer?
The Bears knew it would require a lot to get Wilson so they offered it.
That included three first-round picks, a third-round pick and two starters.
The names of the starters have not been revealed.
About an hour ago DP was told that the #Bears offered Seattle the following for Russell Wilson:
-Three 1st Round picks
-a 3rd Round pick
-2 starters (Was not told who those starters were) pic.twitter.com/lOgH2ZuLVC
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) March 17, 2021
Pete Carroll’s Legacy
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reportedly stepped in to block Russell Wilson trade talks with the Bears before they settled for Andy Dalton. https://t.co/cSSWzuiQ2b
— Sun-Times Sports (@suntimes_sports) March 17, 2021
Dan Patrick raises a good point about Pete Carroll’s legacy.
His NFL success is tied to Russell Wilson.
Seattle is not his first foray into NFL head coaching.
He was the head coach of the New York Jets and the New England Patriots in the 1990s.
That went well enough to send him back to college coaching at USC during the 2000s.
At 69 years of age, he has been Seattle’s head coach since 2010.
Does he really want to start over with either a draft pick or Sam Darnold?
Seattle’s best chance of winning a championship is with Russell Wilson.
Maybe that is the real reason Seattle and Pete Carroll turned down Chicago’s trade offer.
They are attempting to win now versus rebuilding to try and win later.
This Trade Talk Will Not End Anytime Soon
The only thing we really learned this week is that the Russell Wilson trade talk is not going to end anytime soon.
If Seattle drafts a rookie quarterback, it could lead to more questions.
Is that Wilson’s replacement or trade bait to get Sam Darnold?
It has been reported that Pete Carroll has an affinity for Darnold.
Former USC coach Pete Carroll likes former USC quarterback Sam Darnold
— Moo (@PFF_Moo) March 16, 2021
In all of these potential scenarios, it still seems Seattle comes out on the losing end.
That’s why none of this talk makes sense, but that won’t stop it from continuing.NEXT: Could Andrew Luck Come Back And Play For The Bears?