Of the four teams on Russell Wilson’s apparent list of places he’d waive his no-trade clause for, the Chicago Bears were the most aggressive as far as pursuing the Seattle Seahawks quarterback. There were reports that the Bears would take a heavy swing and hope they’d hit a home run.
Well they struck out.
Chicago has signed veteran Andy Dalton to a one-year, $10 million deal and presumably he’ll be in competition if not the favorite to be a starter. That probably clued enough people into the idea that the Bears weren’t going to land Wilson, and now ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that the Seahawks ain’t trading Russ.
Chicago made "a very aggressive pursuit" of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, per sources, and the Bears were told that Seattle is not trading him at this time.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
The Bears were one of four teams Wilson's agent named as a place of interest. Now Chicago has an agreement with Andy Dalton.
I know there’s the “at this time” but I choose to believe the implication is if Seattle ever trades Wilson it won’t be this season.
This effectively closes the door on any Wilson trade speculation you would assume. The Dallas Cowboys re-signed Dak Prescott, the New Orleans Saints gave Taysom Hill an entirely voidable $140 million contract extension and re-signed Jameis Winston, and the Las Vegas Raiders are dismantling their offensive line as we speak.
Maybe we can now focus on our own offseason and how the Seahawks can improve a team that already has Wilson, as opposed to fearing that he may go to another team and make them better.