Report: Bears offered three first-round picks, a third-rounder, and two starters for Russell Wilson

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The Bears did indeed try to finagle a trade for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

According to Dan Patrick, Chicago offered three first-round picks, a third-round pick, and two unnamed starters for Wilson. The Seahawks, obviously, passed.

The problem, from the Bears’ perspective, is that they hold the 20th overall pick this year. And if they have Wilson, the future first-round picks likely would landed in the 20s as well.

The only remaining question is whether some other team with a higher spot in the 2021 pecking order decides to make a similar effort. The Jets, for example, have pick No. 2. The Dolphins have pick No. 3. The Panthers hold pick No. 8.

Again, the Seahawks haven’t drafted a quarterback in round one since 1993, and they’ve only ever used a first-rounder on a quarterback twice. Even if they didn’t use the 2021 first-rounder from Wilson’s new team on his replacement, the 2021 first-rounder needs to be a lot closer to No. 1 than No. 32.

88 responses to “Report: Bears offered three first-round picks, a third-rounder, and two starters for Russell Wilson

  1. Again, thank you Seattle for not accepting the offer. The Bears would be set back for years.

    – Bears fan

  2. They had no intentions of trading him, they simply wanted to use a passive-aggressive threat to let him know they didn’t like that he thought he could have personnel decisions.

  3. If that’s true, it was malpractice for Seahawks to pass. Wilson is a fine QB but he’s not irreplaceable.

  4. Good Lord, this guy is not worth that much. He’s 1-2 years away from looking like Donovan McNabb did towards the end of his run. Slower and ineffective when he couldn’t scramble out of trouble. Russell will be out of the top 10 by 2023.
    I’d take Andy Dalton and that defense all day long. Keep your draft picks.

  5. Someone needs to escort Pace out of the building. Yeah we need a QB but not at the expense of turning us in to the Archie Manning era Saints

  6. Seattle should’ve taken the deal. Wilson is in his 30’s and from all the hits he has taken probably only has 3 or 4 good playing years left. This draft is deep in QB’s. They could still get a good QB at 20.

  7. Why would you need a higher 1st round pick to get a replacement for Wilson when HE wasn’t even selected until the 3rd round?

  8. So now we know Pace has the green light to trade future picks. Which means either the McCaskeys don’t give a damn if he leaves the cupboard bare for his successor, or they’ve already extended his contract on the down low. God help Bears fans in either case.

  9. They had to know that package had no chance of being accepted. Get a top 5 pick in this years draft included somehow and would have been hard to pass up. Picks in the 20’s are really just high 2nd rounders.

  10. Wilson is not worth 3 1st round picks and two starters. How would Chicago win with Wilson with no talent around him? Pace is in over his head.

    Seatlle could have been set for years. Wonder how Wilson feels about this? This will only make him feel more empowered to make demands

  11. iwaswhitecastleisafoodgroup says:
    March 17, 2021 at 11:07 am
    Again, thank you Seattle for not accepting the offer. The Bears would be set back for years.

    – Bears fan

    21 4 Rate This

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    lol
    You’re set back anyway. The Bears just keep doing the exact same dumb things over and over with stupidity and no strategy.

  12. They will turn down 10 first round picks and 11 players. Not sure why they are playing these games.

  13. Hang up with Seattle, call to Houston, same offer for a possibly
    better QB. Certainly one with more years left to play.

  14. It seems like way too much. But if you look at it from the Bears perspective, the draft picks are worthless anyways as long as Ryan Pace is the GM. Might as well trade them for proven NFL players.

  15. Packer fan happy that Wilson is not coming to the NFC North and really . . . surprised that CHI is one of the teams Wilson wanted to play for, given the awful history of missing on draft picks, and overpaying expensive free agents. Though maybe it would have gutted the Bears in a year or two with salary cap hits and the loss of players and picks.

  16. Hope Russell Wilson continues to whine and Seattle ends up trading him for much less.

  17. Again, thank you Seattle for not accepting the offer. The Bears would be set back for years.

    – Bears fan

    Drafting Trubisky already did that

  18. Considering Seattle has no 1st or 3rd round pick in ’21 that seems to be a pretty fair offer for a 32 yr. old QB… which would’ve killed the Bears future team for years. Bears should trade ’21’s 1st & 3rd round pick to move up and take Mac Jones, instead, and keep the other picks/players that would’ve been part of this deal.

  19. Now that Pace knows ownership won’t stop him from sabotaging the future to save his hide, he will give three first rounders to trade up into the top 5 of the draft and take Kyle Trask, whom he could have had were he to trade back into the second round.
    Being a Bears fan is super hard.

  20. Draft picks are speculation whereas Russ is a non commodity. Even if the Seahawks got a top 5 pick this year, if the pick turns out to be a bust or even average, both Schneider and Carroll have destroyed their legacies. You traded Russell Wilson and got THAT?? No, it’s far too big of a gamble this season. If the relationship continues to fray, it’s much safer to wait until next offseason to move Wilson.

  21. Well, Bears fans, often the best trades are the ones you don’t make. Pace and Nagy don’t care about future picks b/c there’s a good chance neither is around to use them.

  22. Seattle is not serious about trading Wilson. What do they want the entire Bears franchise? Bears are so desperate and should not be offering that much for a diva like Wilson.

  23. Well now we know why the Chicago Bears can’t come close to becoming Super Bowl contenders! Offering what they did states a lot about not understanding how to be successful with player acquisition!

  24. Had me up until taking all Andy Dalton and anything all day long.

    ninersapologist says:
    March 17, 2021 at 11:12 am
    Good Lord, this guy is not worth that much. He’s 1-2 years away from looking like Donovan McNabb did towards the end of his run. Slower and ineffective when he couldn’t scramble out of trouble. Russell will be out of the top 10 by 2023.
    I’d take Andy Dalton and that defense all day long. Keep your draft picks.

  25. How do you resist that offer? I love Russ as a player and he appears to be a decent person. As a GM, however, I would have helped him pack and bought him a Gold Coast penthouse for 3 1sts, a 3rd and 2 starters.

  26. I guess my question here is which 2 starters? I don’t think the Seahawks will trade Wilson anyway, but unless the Bears were offering good young players on rookie contracts, Seattle would not be able to take on any big contracts (along with Russ’ considerable dead money hit).

  27. Again, the Seahawks haven’t drafted a quarterback in round one since 1993, and they’ve only ever used a first-rounder on a quarterback twice.
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    That’s why Chicago offered the 3rd rounder so the Hawks could draft one there and hope he turns out as good as Russ.

  28. Gee, I wonder who leaked this info to try and make themselves look good after all the negative uproar following the Dalton signing?

  29. TheGuru says:
    March 17, 2021 at 11:15 am
    Right about now, I bet Russ is steaming like a pressure cooker.

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    I see what you did there…

  30. Wow. Pace sure loves to hand out those first round picks. Love Wilson, but Bears fans should be happy that Seattle looked the other way.

  31. Bears can’t QB. Never have.

    When you look at what Pace has brought to the Bears QB room it’s a who’s-who of QB garbage.

    I’ll be happy when he’s gone.

  32. The Seahawks should have agreed. Do you guys realize how much more talent Pete Carroll could have brought to the team through the draft in the coming years? They could have had top ranked offensive and defensive linemen, better receivers to work alongside DK Metcalf, and a fresh young quarterback. .

  33. They should be making this offer to the texans. I love Russ and think he has 6-8 more years of being a good player in todays world. But thats just to much to pass up.. that kind of haul allows you to rebuild a team completely then draft a qb when you already have the team set.

    If this is true the hawks are dumb for not taking it. Also the bears are dumb for not going for watson instead.

  34. Thank you Seahawks. Kept one of the most inept GMs at finding QBs in the league from digging a hole for the next GM coming in next year. There’s still time for this moron to do damage (thank you George McMediocre) but that was a dodged bullet for sure……

  35. jdphx says:
    Hang up with Seattle, call to Houston, same offer for a possibly
    better QB. Certainly one with more years left to play.
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    I think they can offer less to Houston, considering the allegations against him.

  36. “The Seahawks should have agreed. Do you guys realize how much more talent Pete Carroll could have brought to the team through the draft in the coming years? They could have had top ranked offensive and defensive linemen, better receivers to work alongside DK Metcalf, and a fresh young quarterback.”

    Yea, but probably the QB would be “BOO BOO THE FOOL”, or “CAN’T GET RIGHT”.

  37. Ryan Pace and anybody else who green lighted that offer should immediately be fired.

  38. fire Pace today! this guy is the worst GM in the history of Chicago sports. Russ isnt worth half of that, good thing for Bears fans they didnt get him!

  39. bassplucker says:
    March 17, 2021 at 11:17 am
    So now we know Pace has the green light to trade future picks. Which means either the McCaskeys don’t give a damn if he leaves the cupboard bare for his successor, or they’ve already extended his contract on the down low. God help Bears fans in either case.

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    This is starting to smell like “win one for Virginia” at all costs. The Matriarch of the NFL doesn’t have too many seasons left.

  40. Not nearly enough. Unless the starters included Roquan smith or Mack, you have to pony up minimum 4 first rounders in value

  41. You all think russel Wilson is worth less than that? You’re all more delusional than I thought

  42. There is no way he could have ever gone to Chicago. The Bears could have offered the whole team and it still would not have happened. The Bears are “Cursed” to never have a great QB. Not as long as the Mckaskey’s are in charge. George and the rest of the family can rest assured, they will still make money. Joke.

  43. that is a steep price to pay for a qb who has not won a single playoff game on the road without good luck. He has only won 3, when RGIII and Carson Wentz were injured and when Blair Walsh missed a chip shot field goal. That means to have a chance to go to the SB, Chicago would need to be the number 1 seed in the conference with Wilson as their QB

  44. If I were any other GM in the league I would be calling the bears to see if I had ANY players they were interested in.

  45. They probably would have turned down the Herschel Walker deal to Minnesota too. The Bears should be glad Seattle turned them down. Between Wilson and Mack they wouldn’t be able to pay anyone else.

  46. If Pace did, indeed, make this offer — and if either of the two starters supposedly involved was Roquan Smith — he should be fired immediately. Just for making such an absurd offer. Maybe — maybe — you make that kind of offer for Patrick Mahomes.

    And if the Bears did offer Seattle all this, Seahawk GM John Schneider ought to be fired for turning it down.

    And if the Bears were really this interested in Russell Wilson, someone needs to explain why they weren’t MORE interested in a younger and better DeShaun Watson.

    And I’m including all these “if” because sports reporters aren’t really doing so much reporting as they are spreading rumors when it comes to all these trade and free agency speculation.

  47. Monumental blunder they didn’t take a deal like that. Wilson is great but that sort of deal could have set Seattle up for years while also making it basically impossible for the Bears to win even with Wilson.

  48. Papa Bear is rolling over in his grave watching the horrendous ownership and management of a once treasured franchise. The McKaskey, Phillips, Pace team have continued to disenfranchise one of the founders of the NFL; and to what purpose? Pace is an arrogant fool and Ted Phillips could be replaced by a 4 slice toaster. Can’t the NFL force a sale based on inept ownership?

  49. If the trade included 3 first rounders, a 3rd rounder, Khalil Mack and David Montgomery, the Seahawks should go for it. Since Pete Caroll wants to run the ball more than pass it – he could, for good measure … sign Mitch Trubisky – just to hand off.

  50. Seattle simply does not value first round picks the way most teams do, especially picks in the last third of the round. As PFT noted if Chicago were to have Wilson you could almost guarantee those picks would be 20th or higher. At that point their value to Seattle is nothing more than trade value for more picks. There’s no way the Seahawks are going to trade Wilson without having the opportunity to immediately pick their new QB, which means top 10 at a minimum, and top 5 more likely.

  51. The problem is the dead cap of 40M. Seattle cannot trade Wilson, period. All this frenzy is created by the twitter Gods. He is a little unhappy about his O-line and the Seahawks got that message, that’s it. No trade was ever going to happen. The Bears can continue celebrating their 85 season.

  52. So “Plan A” obviously didn’t work. As a Bears fan, I’m happy to know that the team made a legitimate attempt to get Wilson.

    A lot of folks here in Chicago are flipping out over the Andy Dalton signing. I did initially, but after thinking about it more I can’t help but think that Pace is playing the long game here. I don’t give Pace a lot of credit…but I don’t think he’s a complete moron. He knows that he can’t roll out Andy Dalton OR Nick Foles as a long term solution to the Bears QB woes and expect to keep his job.

    Consider the following…

    1. Why would they sign Dalton to a 1 year/$10 million deal if the team viewed him as “the solution” at QB?

    2. Foles is only under contract for 2021 and 2022…AND there’s a potential out before 2022 that would only leave a dead cap hit of $3.6 million in 2022.

    So NEITHER Foles NOR Dalton is here for the long term. My guess is that the Bears are planning to try and trade up in the draft to nab one of more high profile QBs and, in doing so, will include either Foles or Dalton in the package they offer. My guess is it’d be Foles they’ll, since he and Nagy didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye last season and Bill Lazor (who’ll hopefully still call plays next year) has a history with Dalton as his former OC in Cincinnati. Dalton will be the “bridge” to the new QB and could be retained as an inexpensive backup.

    God I hope I’m right about this. But hell…maybe Pace DOES think that Dalton is a long term fix. Then he IS a complete moron. Or maybe he trades up in another mortgage-the-future type of deal to draft…Trey Lance, who’s basically the FCS version of Trubisky. If that happens, maybe Pace is betting that Dalton will be more competent as a bridge QB to Lance than Mike Glennon was to Trubisky and that they can let Lance marinate a bit before rolling him out as a starter. That’d make sense, considering some folks who’ve covered Lance rave about his talent but concede that he’s probably not ready to hit the ground running in the NFL yet.

  53. So! How much are the Bears willing to give up for Cousins? I have a feeling the Vikings won’t pass on the offer.

  54. The way I see it, the problem with Wilson is that he basically requires a team to shape its entire offense around him. And not in a good (Mahomes) way, but in a “no matter what you do I’m just going to play the way I play and everyone else has to deal with it” way. Which is hard on everyone else on the team, starting with the OL.

    When you have a strong roster overall and a great defense, it can work great – see their two SB appearances. But if any part of that starts to break down, then it becomes a liability.

    Great talent, no doubt, but also seems like a built-in limiting factor for a team. I would say that only a team already to win in all other respects – as Tampa was when they signed Brady – would make sense. And none of those teams can afford this contract.

  55. curtis20 says:
    March 17, 2021 at 11:48 am
    fire Pace today! this guy is the worst GM in the history of Chicago sports. Russ isnt worth half of that, good thing for Bears fans they didnt get him!
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    They should have fired Pace when he couldnt wait 5 minutes to pick Trubisky at #3.

  56. That’s funny. The bears lost out on this trade because they were too good. When was the last time the bears have ever been too good for anything?

  57. As a Vikings fan, I wish this had happened. The fallout would have been enough to bury that franchise for a decade.

  58. That’s almost Herschel Walker trade level dumb. The Bears general manager needs to be fired before he sabotages the franchise any more.

  59. Halfway thru the season when it was obvious we didn’t have what it took to make it to the Super Bowl we should have tanked the rest of the way. Then we could have drafted one.

  60. If that is the case then the GM and Coach need to be fired today. Absolutely crazy, also if they did and Seattle turned it down then they are crazy.

  61. Who ia dumber the Bears for making that trade proposal or the Seahawks for rejecting it.

  62. As a Bears fan, I really like Wilson and would love to him to be on my team, but that’s too much to give up, given his age and time horizon. He’s not Watson. Pace need to be fired NOW

  63. The one year deal should serve as a reminder that Dalton has proven he has what it takes to secure the top pick in the draft.

  64. Seahawks should have taken this deal and started over, awkwardness at an all time high in Seattle

  65. Kevin White. Leonard Floyd. Mitch Trubisky.

    Anyone saying that is too much for Wilson hasnt been paying attention to how the Bears spend their 1st round picks.

  66. The Bears also offered six first round picks and GM Pace but that was also turned down.

  67. If true, the Seahawks screwed up not taking that offer for a QB who is becoming a distraction publicly.

  68. Was a good offer by the Bears and a good decline by the Seahawks…..
    First….has anyone considered that there may be better offers on the table?

    The fact that the first pick is low is a valid reason to decline, Russ would win more games, making the future first even lower.

    Also, people who are claiming loss og draft Capital for trams seeking top QBs….when was the ladt time a talentwd team won without a really good qb? Or sustained winming and Plyoff/SB appearances?

    Andy Dalton had lots of tslent in Cinci…..lots of talent in Dallas.

    This Bears team has as much talent as Tampa on defense.

    Look what a Championship level QB addition did for Tampa.

    And to those claiming the Coach/GM is mortgaging the future….what future? How long have the Bears have good pieces but no QB? What have all those picks brought them the last 5 years?

    Also if they are trying to save their jobs, and the only way they save their jobs is winning, then don’t you think they believe this is a winning move?

    Russ is not Tom….but he is alot better than anyone the Bears have had at the position in years.

  69. Also….the Seahawks never threatened to trade Wilson….did they?

    He is the one who grew frustrated and wanted to be traded if they won’t listen to his input….the fact that they are bucking at such seemingly great offers means they appreciate his value and the value of the position.

    Btw, 49ers, another team with much talent and a murky QB situation.

  70. Seahawks fans know that it could be a long time before they get another quarterback like Wilson if he is traded…so it could be 7-9, 8-8, and 8-8 for the next three years without him…but “Wow” Seattle has a good defense….

  71. Because the “trade offer” was never made. Chicago only said that to ease the Dalton trade to Chicago. You guys are so gullible!

  72. Most likely the Seahawks couldn’t abide taking a dead cap hit for $39 million AND having to find another QB. The money is one thing, but no team is trading away a player like Wilson and leaving an empty slot at starting QB. That’s a much worse problem than the money.

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