The Chicago Bears won’t say it publicly, but it’s out there now. They’re on the hunt to snag Russell Wilson. It is well-known the QB is not happy with the Seattle Seahawks. So much that he provided a list of four teams he’d prefer if traded and now the team is openly listening to offers. The initial asking price was reportedly met with a pause from most teams but not Chicago.
GM Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy seem dead set on finding themselves a true difference-maker at quarterback after three years of Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, and Chase Daniel. Wilson represents everything they could want. A true top 5 player at the position who just got done throwing 40 touchdowns in 2020. Imagining him in navy blue has Bears fans frothing at the mouth.
The obvious question on everybody’s mind is what will it cost?
A lot. That is the simplistic answer. The general belief is the ballpark is three 1st round picks then assorted window dressings around that. A massive package to be sure. This is the reality of today’s NFL. Quarterbacks are expensive. While Chicago sounds willing to entertain those 1st rounders, it’s not clear what else they may give up.
According to a source, the possibility is strong that a player will be packaged in any deal. While it’s far from a certainty, the name mentioned to watch was Kyle Fuller. That would make sense. Chicago will need some cap relief if they traded for Wilson. Unloading Fuller would give them an extra $11 million of wiggle room. Not only that but he is a perfect fit for the type of defense Seattle runs.
Russell Wilson is still far from a certainty
Try to understand that all of this talk, while exciting, guarantees little. Until the trade is actually agreed to, it’s speculation. The only thing known right now is the Bears want Wilson and Wilson isn’t happy in Seattle. So many things can still happen. The Seahawks make reverse course and acquiesce to their quarterback’s demands. Wilson could decide to expand his list of teams he’d be willing to play for.
It is a fluid situation, to say the least. Chicago knows this but that isn’t going to stop them from doing everything short of selling ownership of the franchise to make Russell Wilson a Bear. They accept the price will be high. They understand it will be difficult to keep the roster strong without the picks they lose. To them, it’s worth the risk. He is the type of quarterback who can keep this organization in the Super Bowl window for the next 5-7 years.
Sacrificing somebody like Fuller would be hard, but necessary.
Good cornerbacks can be replaced far easier than great quarterbacks. The only thing to do is wait and see what happens. Seattle doesn’t appear to be in any sort of rush. They’re fielding calls and that’s about it. It is fair to say no real decision on Wilson will be made until closer to the draft. That is when the Seahawks will need to pick a lane. Either make amends with their quarterback or trade him.
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