The Bears could have drafted Watson in the 2017 draft, but they chose to select Mitchell Trubisky instead. The former North Carolina signal-caller becomes a free agent in the offseason, and Chicago isn’t expected to re-sign him.
Should Deshaun Watson demand a trade from the Texans, ESPN’s Louis Riddick expects the Bears to try and trade for the gunslinger since one of the most important figures in the organization “loves” Watson.
Deshaun Watson put up superstar numbers in 2020
The Texans only won four games in 2020, but that didn’t stop Deshaun Watson from putting up superstar numbers. The former Clemson star threw for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns while completing 70.2% of his passes. Watson led the NFL in passing yards despite not having DeAndre Hopkins by his side.
Along with his stellar passing numbers, Watson ran for 444 yards and scored three touchdowns. He’s one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL and a nightmare to defend. It’s a shame that Bill O’Brien traded Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals before the 2020 season, taking Watson’s No. 1 target away from him.
Once the offseason begins, all eyes will be on Watson to see if he waives his no-trade clause and gets traded to a team of his choice. The 25-year-old is upset the Texans hired general manager Nick Caserio without consulting him, and some reports have indicated that Watson is ignoring Houston’s phone calls.
The Bears have never had a quarterback of Watson’s caliber. Since Chicago should have drafted him in 2017 instead of Mitchell Trubisky, this offseason is the perfect opportunity for Bears general manager Ryan Pace to make up for his Trubisky mistake and acquire Watson.
If Deshaun Watson decides to end his Texans career after four years, ESPN’s Louis Riddick believes the Bears will try and trade for the franchise QB since a member of their organization is enamored with the three-time Pro Bowler.
Louis Riddick says Matt Nagy loves Deshaun Watson
Louis Riddick recently told Mike Greenberg of ESPN that Bears head coach Matt Nagy loves Deshaun Watson and will do everything in his power to get Ryan Pace to trade for the dynamic quarterback. Nagy was hired the season after the Bears drafted Mitchell Trubisky. Anyone who follows Chicago knows that Nagy has never trusted Mitch to run his offense.
The Bears won the NFC North in Nagy’s first year as head coach in 2018. However, the team has gone 8-8 in back-to-back seasons, and Trubisky has regressed mightily. Assuming Chicago doesn’t re-sign Trubisky, all signs point toward Nick Foles being the starting quarterback next season. The one-time Super Bowl champion went 2-5 as a starter in 2020 before getting hurt in Week 10.
Watson would make the Bears legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Chicago has plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball and enough playmakers on offense to make a run at the Lombardi Trophy with a superstar QB. If Watson requests a trade and makes it known he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause to play in Chicago, the Bears should give the Texans whatever they want in return for the Gainesville, Georgia native.
Louis Riddick and Matt Nagy are friends. The ESPN analyst has close ties to the former Coach of the Year, so if he says the Bears’ head coach loves Deshaun Watson, Chicago could make a play for the QB this offseason.
Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy can win back Chicago fans if they get a trade done
Bears fans were distraught when it was announced that Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy would be returning next season. Most Chicago supporters wanted both guys fired.
If the Bears acquire Deshaun Watson, Pace and Nagy can win back Chicago fans quickly. It’s going to be fascinating to see if the two men can get it done.
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