The Chicago Bears are desperate for a franchise quarterback, and it appears they will do everything in their power to acquire Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks. The one-time Super Bowl champion hasn’t requested a trade, but several reports have stated that Wilson may not be happy in Seattle.
After Russell Wilson’s agent told ESPN that the Bears are one of the teams the dual-threat quarterback would play for should he request a trade from the Seahawks, Chicago has internally made it a priority to acquire Wilson. The franchise recently made a $23 million move that signals general manager Ryan Pace is hell-bent on getting Wilson.
Bears plan on taking ‘a big swing’ for Russell Wilson
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Bears plan on taking “a big swing” for Russell Wilson. While Wilson doesn’t expect to be traded and the Seahawks have given no indication they will move their superstar QB, the Bears will put together a massive trade package and offer it to Seattle.
“The expectation league-wide is that Chicago’s going to try to take a big swing here at getting Russell,” Fowler said on SportsCenter. “Now, Seattle has given no clear indication that they are going to trade him. Russell Wilson himself still does not expect to be traded. But Chicago’s going to at least try to make that change and put together a package. That’s what most people around the league do expect.
“I’m told Russell Wilson is intrigued by Chicago’s market, offensive-minded head coach, and emerging offensive line. Chicago has scoured the Earth the last few weeks looking for their quarterback options. They’re looking at everything. Really, the goal in Chicago is simple: get their first 4,000-yard passer in franchise history.”
Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, listed the Bears, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and Las Vegas Raiders as the teams Wilson would waive his no-trade clause for. With the Cowboys signing Dak Prescott to a long-term deal, they’re no longer on the list.
The Bears don’t have the cap space to take on Russell Wilson’s contract, but the franchise is working on that.
Bears cleared up over $23 million in cap space
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears cleared up over $23 million in cap space by restructuring the 2021 base salaries of Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, and Cody Whitehair into signing bonuses. Over the Cap had Chicago at $19.3 million in the red before these moves.
The Bears need to make more moves to create enough cap space to acquire Russell Wilson and his contract. The Seahawks signed Wilson to a four-year, $140 million contract extension in April of 2019.
Chicago fans don’t care who general manager Ryan Pace has to part ways with. They want Wilson at all costs since he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
The Bears have one of the best defenses in the league. With Russell Wilson running the show on offense, Chicago could compete for a Super Bowl.
Russell Wilson put up monster numbers in 2020
Russell Wilson put up stellar numbers in 2020 despite getting sacked 47 times. The seven-time Pro Bowler threw for 4,212 yards and tossed 40 touchdowns while completing 68.8% of his passes.
The Bears desperately need a star quarterback since Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles aren’t good. It will be fascinating to see if Ryan Pace can acquire Russell Wilson and make up for passing on Deshaun Watson in the 2017 NFL draft.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.