NFL Analyst Explains Why Chicago Bears Couldn’t Land Russell Wilson

Published 03/17/2021, 1:25 PM EDT
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


The Chicago Bears have a new quarterback. The Bears finalized a deal last night to sign Andy Dalton on a 1-year $10 million contract. He adds to the Bears quarterback options, along with Nick Foles.

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However, Dalton was not the primary target for the Chicago Bears. They initially had their eyes on Russell Wilson, but the Seahawks refused to trade him.

NFL analyst Peter Schrager spoke today about the Andy Dalton signing. He believes that the Chicago Bears were interested in Russell Wilson.

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They did make an offer to the Seattle Seahawks, but they refused their offer without considering it. Schrager noted that the Bears did everything they possibly could to acquire Wilson, but couldn’t make a deal happen.

“They didn’t want to just go for Russell Wilson. They made an offer. The Bears offered something, we don’t know the details yet. But the Seahawks they rebuffed it.

“So it came to a point where they did everything they possibly could to get Wilson. It’s not like they called Russell Wilson after February.” 

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Schrager added that this was not a decision out of the blue. The Bears opted to go for Wilson after his agent revealed that the quarterback would be open to coming to Chicago.

That’s when the franchise decided to go all-in for Wilson. However, Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks refused to consider the offer that the Bears made.

“They called in Wilson trade offers after his agent listed Chicago as a destination. If that’s the case let’s go all in. And they did go all in.

“They put all their chips into the Russell Wilson table. And at the end of the day, Pete Carroll says, ‘of course we’re not trading Wilson. We’ll figure it out’. So then you quickly have to adjust.”

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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

Where will Russell Wilson end up this season? Currently, it appears that Russ is looking for a way out of Seattle. However, the franchise is not interested in fielding any of the offers coming in.

Wilson still has a contract for multiple seasons. Meaning the Seahawks have very little reason to consider any of the offers other franchises make for the former Super Bowl winner.

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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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