The Chicago Bears have had a dreadful NFL offseason thus far. Not only did they piss off Allen Robinson by giving him the franchise tag, but the team signed Andy Dalton to a one-year, $10 million deal, cut Kyle Fuller to save cap space, and struck out in their attempt to acquire Seattle Seahawks star, Russell Wilson.
Bears fans are ready to storm Halas Hall and kick general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy out of Chicago. The only way the two men can save their image in the Windy City is by trying to trade for Russell Wilson again despite the Seahawks rebuffing the Bears’ initial offer.
It appears Chicago’s two most hated guys understand that.
Bears haven’t abandoned hopes of acquiring Russell Wilson
The Bears offered three first-round picks, a third-round pick, and two starters to the Seahawks for Russell Wilson. However, Seattle said no. Shortly after, Chicago signed Andy Dalton in free agency.
Bears fans are livid at Ryan Pace for signing Dalton, but it looks like the GM is still trying to get Wilson from Seattle and save his livelihood in Chicago. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears haven’t abandoned their hopes of acquiring Wilson.
“I’m told that the Bears still are paying attention to Russell Wilson and have not abandoned hopes that they could eventually trade for Russell Wilson,” Schefter said on Get Up. “And I think everyone needs to stay tuned to the Russell Wilson situation up to and during the NFL Draft. That is the real touchstone moment when we will find out whether the Seahawks are or are not willing to trade Russell Wilson.”
Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract. While he hasn’t requested a trade like Deshaun Watson has with the Houston Texans, several reports have stated that the one-time champion isn’t completely happy in Seattle.
If Andy Dalton is the starting QB for the Bears in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy will have a mutiny on their hands. However, if Chicago can magically acquire Russell Wilson, Bears fans may build a Pace statue outside Soldier Field.
Russell Wilson will be in the Hall of Fame one day
The Seahawks may have liked the Bears’ offer for Russell Wilson and could be waiting to see if their relationship can be salvaged with the Pro Bowl QB or for the 2021 NFL draft to start. Seattle needs to get a quarterback in return if Wilson is on the move.
The reported offer the Bears sent to the Seahawks was pretty massive. Seattle may come back to the offer near the 2021 draft if things don’t get better with Wilson and the franchise has an idea of a quarterback they want to replace the future Hall of Famer with.
One of the best QBs in the league, Wilson threw for 4,212 yards last season while tossing 40 touchdowns. He would make the Bears Super Bowl contenders since Chicago has solid playmakers on offense and defensive stars.
Right now, it appears Russell Wilson will be on the Seahawks next season. However, the Bears are still going to shoot their shot at the dual-threat QB every chance they get.
The Bears will be awful in 2021 if they don’t get Russ
The Bears won’t make the playoffs in 2021 if they don’t get Russell Wilson.
Andy Dalton isn’t good enough to lead the club to the postseason, and the defense will be worse after Kyle Fuller was cut and Roy Robertson-Harris signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It will be interesting to see if Ryan Pace can get Russell Wilson to Chicago after failing once.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.