While the Seattle Seahawks are not shopping star quarterback Russell Wilson, calls made from other teams inquiring about the gunslinger have been answered. As each day passes, it’s become evident that Wilson and the Seahawks are not happy with each other.
A one-time Super Bowl champion, Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he can choose the team he gets traded to if he requests a trade.
The Chicago Bears, who have been looking for a franchise quarterback for decades, could be at the top of Russell Wilson’s trade wish list for three important reasons.
Russell Wilson likes the Bears’ emerging offensive line
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Russell Wilson likes the Bears’ emerging offensive line. The Pro Bowl quarterback is tired of all the hits he’s taking in Seattle and wants more protection.
The Bears’ offensive line improved as the 2020 season went along. Wilson was sacked 47 times in 2020. Meanwhile, Chicago allowed 36 sacks. Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles were each sacked 18 times.
Wilson put up stellar numbers for the Seahawks in 2020 despite playing behind an awful offensive line. He threw for 4,212 yards while completing 68.8% of his passes and tossed 40 touchdowns.
However, Seattle wasn’t that explosive on offense near the end of the season and didn’t play well in the Wild Card Round against the LA Rams. Wilson and Co. lost by a final score of 30-20. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was fired after the season and replaced by Shane Waldron, who last served as the Rams’ passing game coordinator.
If Russell Wilson requests a trade to the Bears, Chicago’s improved offensive line won’t be the only reason the seven-time Pro Bowler packs his bags for the Windy City.
Russell Wilson is intrigued by Bears coach Matt Nagy
Jeremy Fowler also reports that Russell Wilson is intrigued by Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who won the 2018 Coach of the Year Award. Many pundits around the NFL believe Nagy hasn’t been able to fully run the offense he wants to in Chicago since Mitchell Trubisky isn’t good enough to read defenses and Nick Foles isn’t mobile.
The Bears have regressed under Nagy the last two seasons after winning the NFC North in 2018. Chicago missed the playoffs in 2019 and had one of the worst offenses in the NFL.
While Nagy and Co. made the postseason in 2020, they got blown out by the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Round and only scored a garbage-time touchdown on the final play of the game.
Should he request a trade to the Bears, Wilson would make the team legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Chicago has one of the best defenses in the NFL and is a quarterback away from making some serious noise in the NFC.
Playing for an emerging offensive line and an offensive-minded coach in Matt Nagy aren’t the only reasons Russell Wilson could request a trade to the Bears. The third factor has to do with Chicago’s market.
Chicago is a big market city
Chicago is a Bears town despite having the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago White Sox. The quarterback for the Bears–if he’s successful–can not only earn the key to the city and became a sports legend, but he can increase his brand through advertisements.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have prioritized making a run at Russell Wilson. Bears fans may build general manager Ryan Pace a statue if he’s able to acquire Wilson, one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
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