Report: Bears’ top priority at QB is a Russell Wilson trade

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When Russell Wilson‘s agent put out word that he was willing to accept a trade, the Bears were among the four teams on Wilson’s list. And the Bears are very open to that.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have prioritized trading for Wilson as they make their plans to upgrade at quarterback this offseason.

Bears General Manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy know their jobs are on the line this year, so they’re surely willing to put together a significant package of players and draft picks to acquire a quarterback like Wilson, who would significantly improve their chances of winning in 2021.

It’s not clear to what extent the Seahawks are interested in trading Wilson, but they haven’t ruled it out.

If the Bears can’t land Wilson, their next option for upgrading at quarterback would be a free agent like Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston. Neither of those would make the kind of splash Pace and Nagy may need to make to save their jobs, so it’s easy to see why they would strongly prefer Wilson.

70 responses to “Report: Bears’ top priority at QB is a Russell Wilson trade

  1. Pace and Nagy would probably trade their next two drafts for Wilson. I know it sounds crazy but, why the hell not.

    They really have nothing to lose other then their jobs but, by all accounts. Most expected them to fired two seasons ago.

  2. The Bears are more like gerbils stuck in a wheel. Round and round they go never really getting anywhere.

  3. There is no scenario (NONE) under which Seattle makes this trade. There is nothing the Bears can do to get Seattle out of the Dead Cap issue. The bears can go back to celebrating their 85 team (as they always do)

  4. Didn’t Chicago give several of their high picks already for Khalil Mack?

  5. No cap room and they’ve tossed so many picks as is. They’re one of many teams over the cap.

    How on god’s green earth is Pace still
    employed and how do the McCaskeys still
    own the team? The NFL needs to step in and
    force a sale. It’s insane and painful to watch
    an iconic franchise destroy itself like this.

  6. Even if the Bears did offer a ton nothing happens prior to June 1st, and that is if the Seahawks wanted to trade Wilson which I don’t think they do. They have hired the OC wilson ok’d. FA will tell if they go after OL. If they do, Wilson is not going anywhere.

  7. So 3 ones, three 2’s and several other picks throw in Mack should probably do a BoB at the Texans type deal that will kill the team for years (kind similar to the Mack deal and Mitchel deals) with no ability to get cheap rookie deals to go with the high priced vet deals.

  8. ivotedfornixon says:
    March 5, 2021 at 6:28 pm
    Didn’t Chicago give several of their high picks already for Khalil Mack?

    ————

    Yes, 4 of them in fact. But the last of those picks was in the 2020 draft. They have their full assortment going forward.

  9. Alex Smith is a better fit. Way lower cost as well so they can build an o-line and land some weapons for him.

  10. I remember when they “fleeced” the Raiders and were headed to multiple super bowls lololol

  11. Instead of mortgaging the future by trading away 3 years of #1’s and a couple of 2’s and/or 3’s the Halas Hall brain-trust should trade ’21’s #20 & #52 to move up and grab Mac Jones or Lance. Wilson and no high draft picks won’t get them any further than Wildcard losers at best every year.

  12. If the Bears add Russell Wilson, they are a top 8 team in the NFL immediately. Pace will not be outbid, so if the Seahawks are crazy enough to trade him, he’s going to Chicago.

  13. If this is true, then Bears GM Ryan Pace (who traded up for Mitchell Trubisky over Mahomes and Watson) should:

    1. Resign and let someone COMPETENT make the trade.

    2. Go back to playing Dawber on “Coach”.

  14. I dont see why this is a good move for wilson or the bears. I dont think the bears are ready to win right now, and if they trade for wilson, they’ll be giving up a lot of future draft picks. And if wilson isn’t happy with not being able to have a say in picking his offense in seattle, hows he going to feel when they dont have any early draft picks over the next few years in chicago?

  15. If the Bears add Russell Wilson, they are a top 8 team in the NFL immediately. Pace will not be outbid, so if the Seahawks are crazy enough to trade him, he’s going to Chicago…………………………………….A Top 8 team isn’t even going to the Conference title game. Need to be a Top 4 team for that. The Bears are already mired in mediocrity.

  16. As a Seattle fan I hope Seattle does trade Wilson. He’s a great QB, but very streaky. I’d rather go to better D and solid running like Carroll wants. Its far more predictable to win that way.

  17. Well, Wilson has asked for a trade from the Seahawks (10/11 playoff seasons) to Chicago (3/11 playoff seasons).

    As a Seahawk fan, I’m confused by the lack of perspective. We’re all disappointed they didn’t go farther. BUT, perennial playoff teams attract talent/fans/$$. Sooner or later, they strike superbowl paydirt (think GreenBay, NewOrleans, Pittsburgh, NE, Baltimore).

    He has shaken the bee’s hive, and may end up falling from the pan into the fire.

  18. I can sum this up in one sentence instead of paragraphs. Not gonna happen..

  19. touchback6 says:

    March 5, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    No cap room and they’ve tossed so many picks as is. They’re one of many teams over the cap.

    How on god’s green earth is Pace still
    employed and how do the McCaskeys still
    own the team? The NFL needs to step in and
    force a sale. It’s insane and painful to watch
    an iconic franchise destroy itself like this.
    ———-
    Look at that Trollback6 making stuff up again to support his point. Other than their 4th and 7th rd pick this year they have their full slate of picks going forward.

  20. Bears o line stinks. That’s what Wilson wants out of and how do you rebuild with giving up the amount of picks it will take to get Wilson?

  21. A Wilson trade means SEA takes a 39 dead money million cap hit. That’s over 20% of their total cap space going towards nothing. I doubt Schneider will go for that.

    Plus everybody thinks trade x #1 draft picks for Wilson. I think Schneider looks at 2021/2022 as ultra high risk due to covid reducing the amount of info for evaluation and playing experience for top draft picks. That’s likely why he traded 2021 and 2022 1st rounders for Jamal Adams and his one year contract. high round draft picks are higher risk than normal for the next 2 drafts.

  22. Lions fan here…. PLEASSSSSSE Seattle, do this now! If it truly takes 3 firsts, 3 seconds and something else that would be amazing! They would be so depleted or draft capital and cap space… sorry no one player is worth it… Wilson if I recall had had numerous games where he hasn’t put up great numbers… whether it’s Bot scoring TDs or committing turnovers… they won a super bowl with a great defense and Beast mode… and lost another when they put the ball in his hands and took it out of beast modes! Just saying

  23. I dont see why this is a good move for wilson or the bears. I dont think the bears are ready to win right now
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    I don’t get what’s so hard to understand: the Buccaneers were 7-9 a year ago with a great defense, added a top QB won the super bowl. Chicago was 8-8 last year with a great defense and bottom of the barrel QBs.

    But I enjoy seeing the fear of Packer and Viking fans.

  24. chickensalad43 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 7:23 pm
    I dont see why this is a good move for wilson or the bears. I dont think the bears are ready to win right now
    _________
    I don’t get what’s so hard to understand: the Buccaneers were 7-9 a year ago with a great defense, added a top QB won the super bowl. Chicago was 8-8 last year with a great defense and bottom of the barrel QBs.

    But I enjoy seeing the fear of Packer and Viking fans.
    ——————
    Not really any fear until we see them become a threat. Bucs had a way stronger WR corps, much better oline, picked up a great complimentary RB, and had a way better coach than the Bears currently have. They’ll have to make a lot more moves on offence to replicate what the Bucs did.

    Oh, and as good as Wilson is, he isn’t on the same level as TB12.

  25. If I’m Seattle, it’s going to take an offer that I can’t refuse. Chicago would have to start with Khalil Mack or Roquan Smith, and two 1st rounders.

  26. “Russ, why Chicago?” “Well easy they got Mack and Hicks and Robinson”…

    By the end of 2021: Mack traded to Chicago for Russ, Robinson a cap casualty because Russ’s contract and Hicks missing x amount of games this year due to injury.

    Bears 8-8.

  27. Wilson to the Bears for all the trade capital in the world. (something the Bears would do) Then they flip a fraction of those picks to the Texans for Watson.

  28. Go read the ARob interview with Chris C, tell me after reading why anybody would want to play for Nagy and his 4 different offenses in a season.
    Dr Jekyll and Mr Nagy gameplans weekly…or for a half cause 3rd Q they don’t score or get 1st downs.

  29. Da Bears do have the 20th draft pick & their next two first round picks in 2022 & 2023, so that aspect is potential. However. They currently are over the projected Cap Space, so that’s an issue that would hurt them. Making a trade with a post June 1 date would resolve the Seahawks’s cap issue, leaving $13M of dead money spread out over the next three years.

  30. If the bears were a QB away and the team was all very young – why not trade your draft for Russell the love muscle. The thing is, the Bears have more holes than swiss cheese.

  31. northernpackfan says:
    March 5, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t get what’s so hard to understand: the Buccaneers were 7-9 a year ago with a great defense, added a top QB won the super bowl. Chicago was 8-8 last year with a great defense and bottom of the barrel QBs.

    But I enjoy seeing the fear of Packer and Viking fans

    LOL. Not a Packer or a Viking fan, but let me point out that Brady was a FA and required no trade compensation to acquire. Getting Wilson will require a boatload, enough to weaken the Bears (or any acquiring team) significantly. Plus TB has better (non-QB) offensive skill players than CHI. So the situations are not remotely comparable.

  32. northernpackfan says: March 5, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t get what’s so hard to understand: the Buccaneers were 7-9 a year ago with a great defense, added a top QB won the super bowl. Chicago was 8-8 last year with a great defense and bottom of the barrel QBs. But I enjoy seeing the fear of Packer and Viking fans _______

    LOL. Not a Packer or a Viking fan, but let me point out that Brady was a FA and required no trade compensation to acquire. Getting Wilson will require a boatload, enough to weaken the Bears (or any acquiring team) significantly. Plus TB has better (non-QB) offensive skill players than CHI. So the situations are not remotely comparable.

  33. “chickensalad43 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 7:23 pm
    I dont see why this is a good move for wilson or the bears. I dont think the bears are ready to win right now
    _________
    I don’t get what’s so hard to understand: the Buccaneers were 7-9 a year ago with a great defense, added a top QB won the super bowl. Chicago was 8-8 last year with a great defense and bottom of the barrel QBs.

    But I enjoy seeing the fear of Packer and Viking fans.”
    _______________________________
    The Bears had a great defense? 12th in yards allowed. Tied for 13th in points allowed. That qualifies as “great”? Green Bay was seventh in yards allowed and tied with the Bears in points allowed. Did Green Bay then have a great defense too?

  34. I heard these very same rumors about the Bears pursuing Carson Wentz. Turned out they never even made an offer.

  35. The Bears would have to give up a lot for Wilson.
    What do they have other than draft picks?
    Lets say they send some #1s to the Seahawks.
    What do the Bears have left to compete with?
    A declining team + Russel Wilson + no high picks.

    Why would Wilson want to go there and play for a bad team?

  36. “Lions fan here…. PLEASSSSSSE Seattle, do this now! “…………………..Even Mitch Trubiskey is 4-3 vs. the Lions w/a 106 QB rating. Ice up, son.

  37. Congratulations Packers: first time in league history a team has won their division before training camp has even started

  38. chickensalad43 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 7:23 pm
    I dont see why this is a good move for wilson or the bears. I dont think the bears are ready to win right now
    _________
    I don’t get what’s so hard to understand: the Buccaneers were 7-9 a year ago with a great defense, added a top QB won the super bowl. Chicago was 8-8 last year with a great defense and bottom of the barrel QBs.

    But I enjoy seeing the fear of Packer and Viking fans.
    ——–

    Haa ok bud. Im actually an eagles fan and have nothing against the bears and I like Russell Wilson. That was just my opinion on the article. But hey, the greatest qb in history went to a new team that had a good defense and elite skill position players all over the board and they won a super bowl, so I guess that means you bears will win too, huh?

  39. Everything Russell has said this off season is pretty normal for a guy that wants to win more SB’s. If you read between the lines you’ll see that what he is really saying is “Hey Pete and John, you’ve done a ton of work to make our defense one of the best. Now let’s go get the right players for the offense.”

    That’s all he is saying. He wants the offense to improve. In Seattle’s case there are only two things they can do to make the offense better. One, change the scheme to one that puts your best play-makers in a position to make plays. Two, improve the o-line such that Russell gets 2 more tiny ticks of time before he has to scramble.

    They’re working hard on the first one. New OC with a new scheme that will utilize the entire route-tree. The second one will be proven out as we go into FA and the draft. With the Hawks cap position you’ll likely see more movement in the draft than in FA. But don’t count them out from getting one or two wily old vets that know how to pass protect. Give them two decent vets that shine in pass protect and then let them draft for depth and development.

    The one thing I haven’t seen them do that they REALLY need, is to get an o-lineman that plays nasty. I mean right down and dirty kind of nasty. The kind of guy that blocks hard right up to and even (occasionally) a tick or two after the whistle. The kind of guy that just gets the defensive players pissed off. The Seahawks haven’t had THAT guy since Breno Giacomini left.

  40. Charlie Weis on sirius has repeatedly said an offer fronted by the #20 pick won’t come close to a deal with Seattle or Houston. They’d have to find a way to trade up. Weis believes no team can trade for either Watson or Wilson unless their offer begins with a top 5 pick.

  41. bsandersupthesidelinecutsbackinside… you think I care about bears records or any that against us, We’ve had a horrible franchise since Berry retired… try again, because we are used to hearing it all! I’m just glad we didn’t trade away picks to move up a spot for Mitch, Son…. or trade away years of our draft for a LBer to keep the same mediocre team, Son. or even trade for Nick Foles…. Son…. don’t call people son, it makes you look foolish!

  42. I’m torn on this: Vikings will lose to the bears twice if this happens but so will the packers…the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    Go for it, Chicago

  43. When The Bears gave away all those picks for Khalil Mack, they no doubt thought that was the final piece to the puzzle, and I’m sure that was how they got the owner to agree. Now we’re talking about more first round picks for a guy who was a third round draft pick. I wonder if the owner is wondering why his guys can’t find a QB in the draft. Obviously the good ones don’t all go in the first round. I’m also wondering if the league has discussed making a rule against teams giving away first round picks. How’s the next GM supposed to start a re-build without any picks?

  44. First off, half of these comments are useless. Doesn’t matter what they gave up to get whoever in the past. Second, to get EITHER ONE of Watson or Wilson means sets us up beyond 3 years….so after the loss of picks/players we’re definitely good. Third, we’re good enough now to absorb the hit…if you think we aren’t you’re an idiot. The only problem w Wilson is the dead cap on their end. The only problem w Watson is that they refuse to play ball yet.

    Either one brings 65+% completion pct, the ability to read D’s, the ability to drop deep dimes…period. And you should know that my preference has been D Carr for 3 years…still is. But start thinking long term. Wilson has 8 years left. Watson has a decade and a half left. Give what you’ve gotta give…we’ll be in the mix regardless.

  45. Russ wouldn’t be cooking in Chicago, he’d be stewing, stuck with a terrible coach and lack of weapons. Why on earth would he want to leave a situation in Seattle where they have consistently won for that?

  46. Winston or Fitzpatrick? I think da Bears would pursue a trade for Deshaun Watson before they resorted to such desperate measures.

  47. Ppl must not be looking at who bears receivers are and how is that offense line. They have no one except Allen Robinson

  48. God I hope SEA trades Wilson as the Hawks are a 3-4 win team without Russ, and then what are they gonna do draft a QB? It takes a solid 3yrs to draft n develop a young NFL QB. With the rise of Murray and AZ that means SEA is outta the playoff chase for a solid 3yrs. Go ahead SEA trade Wilson for a handful of draft picks, that’s the smart play here!!!!

  49. Soon Seattle will be joining New England to meander in mediocrity for the next decade without a decent starting QB. Get your popcorn ready. Train wrecks are always fun to watch.

  50. The Chicago Bears, where quarterbacks go to wither and die. It’s tradition.

  51. The Seahawks have done nothing to speak of during the Pete Carroll era sans Russell Wilson at QB. He instantly transformed that franchise after he was drafted. Wilson is going nowhere.

  52. Was it Mitchell Trubisky or was it the coaching staff? Was it the quarterback or was it the game plan?

    Why trade up ONE SPOT, giving away assets, and then ignore Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson to select a North Carolina quarterback who hadn’t played all that much?

    And now you’re going to let these desperados draft and trade again?? See you next year when the next rebuild comes to town.

  53. Why would the McCaskeys give Pace the green light to trade multiple years worth of high draft picks and leave the cupboard completely empty for his successor? If this deal happens then brace yourself Bears fans because it means they plan to keep Pace around for quite awhile yet. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve already signed Pace to an extension but they’re keeping it on the down-low till after season tickets have been sold.

  54. All of you talking Alex Smith…please… did any of you watch Alex play last season? He just isn’t the same QB and never will be.

  55. Future draft picks is a credit card that some teams abuse too often.

    I know desperate coaches & GMs don’t care about the long-term health of the franchise, they’re trying to save their jobs, but what semi-competent owner is gonna approve giving away a ton of future picks to try to save the jobs of guys they’ve already got on a short leash?

  56. The Bears hate first round draft picks. Given the dumpster fire probability of their 1st round picks anyway, give a Wilson trade a whirl. 1985 was a loooooooong time ago.

  57. Mahomes is the only player that is untouchable via a trade. Wilson has a price. It’s just a really steep price.

  58. Censorship doesn’t change minds says:
    March 5, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    I remember when they “fleeced” the Raiders and were headed to multiple super bowls lololol
    ————————————————————————————

    Well, TBH it didnt work out well for either team. Raiders blew the picks and still have a horrible D. While the Bears have been unable to field a competent O in large part to giving up that draft haul to the Raiders and Macks contract. Its a cautionary tale of a trade between tweedle dee and tweedle dumb.

  59. Bears are a super bowl contender with Wilson. I’m a Bengals fan, so I have no bias there. Just speaking truth. Their defense is legit, and Wilson is a SB caliber QB.

  60. Bears are a super bowl contender with Wilson. I’m a Bengals fan, so I have no bias there. Just speaking truth. Their defense is legit, and Wilson is a SB caliber QB. It is what it is.

  61. I hope Chicago does this deal because this will not work out for them. This will press them against the cap, with this team as is. Wilson has no offensive line or wide receivers. The recipe for beating them will be to turn them over on their side of the field, which Wilson is probe to doing. And with the way the Vikings are built, the way Zimmer runs the team, depending on what happens in the draft, it looks like he’s turning the clock back to 2015-2017 on defense…. So I’m confident they will eat the bears lunch the next 3 years

  62. If Hawks traded Mirer to the Bears for a 1st rounder then they should ask for probably 100 first rounders for Wilson.

  63. If the Bears actually trade for Wilson it will prove that GM Pace has learned absolutely nothing during his tenure as general manager of the Bears. This trade, if it actually does happen, will be an absolute disaster for the Bears!

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