Former Super Bowl Winner Shannon Sharpe Reflects on Bears’ Failure to Get Russell Wilson

Published 03/17/2021, 2:18 PM EDT
Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister (86) celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after catching a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


The Chicago Bears have abandoned their pursuit of Russell Wilson. The Bears were heavily interested in getting the former Super Bowl winner; however, the Seattle Seahawks showed that they were unwilling to change their stance on trading him.

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So the Bears went out and brought in Cowboys’ QB Andy Dalton on a 1-year, $10 million contract. He will now pair with Nick Foles.

Former Super Bowl winner Shannon Sharpe discussed the Chicago Bears‘ pursuit of Russell Wilson. Sharpe noted that the franchise did everything in their power to play ball with the Seattle Seahawks.

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They even sent in a formal offer for Wilson, which he believes would include multiple 1st-round picks. But the Seahawks refused to budge on Wilson’s availability.

“All you can do is put down your best offer. If you go to buy a house, you put down your best offer. If the owner says no I don’t want to sell the house, there’s nothing you can do.

“Right now, Seattle says, ‘Nah, Russell (Wilson) is not for sale. We’re not trading him’.”

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Sharpe added that he understands Chicago Bears fan’s frustration. To go from a quarterback the quality of Russell Wilson to Andy Dalton is very disappointing.

But if the Seahawks are not willing to have a fair discussion, he doesn’t know what else the Chicago Bears could have done. It is a bitter pill to swallow for Chicago Bears fans, but not because of their franchise’s mistakes.

“I don’t know what else you want them to do. Are they supposed to just go into the season with one quarterback? Yes, if I’m the fanbase, I’m disappointed because I would rather have Russell Wilson than Andy Dalton. But I don’t really know what else the Bears can do.”

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Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Will Russell Wilson part ways with Seattle this season? Despite them not wanting to let Wilson go, the Seahawks may have no choice if he forces the matter.

However, given that he has several years remaining on his contract, playing hardball with the Seahawks may not be a wise choice for the former Super Bowl MVP. But all that could change at any given moment.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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