If there’s a trade that would send Russell Wilson somewhere, this would be it for Seattle.
According to multiple reports, Wilson is frustrated with Seattle and their plans to help him win in the future. The team has allowed him to suffer seven seasons of 40-plus sacks.
No, Wilson is not Deshaun Watson and demanding a trade from his organization. He also has listed the teams he would like to play for should Seattle be opening to trading him this offseason.
One of those teams is the Chicago Bears.
An 8-8 season was enough to get the Bears back to the postseason. It also saved Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy’s job entering 2021. Chicago has to be willing to overcompensate for the move made back in 2017 with Mitchell Trubisky.
That’s not to say Watson or Patrick Mahomes would be where they are today, but they couldn’t be worse than the former No. 2 pick.
For Chicago, this would be the deal they’d have to make to land Wilson.
A hefty price for a quality quarterback
Two first-round picks would immediately need to be put in the offer, meaning pick No. 20 would end up going to Seattle this April. The Seahawks are without two first-round picks over the next two draft classes following the trade for Jamal Adams.
Two mid-round selections would need to leave the Windy City as well. The only quarterback that perhaps would be available at pick 20 would be Alabama’s Mac Jones. With new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, Seattle will be moving to a similar system to that of Sean McVay.
Does Jones fit the bill? No. Would a second-round pick used by the Bears help Seattle move up to take a name like North Dakota State’s Trey Lance work better? Yes.
This is where things become tricky. Chicago would either have to offer a third first-rounder and a proven player or two proven names that can contribute right away. Adding a name in the run game would benefit a young quarterback from relying so much on his arm.
David Montgomery would likely be their best bet.
The same could be said for fixing the secondary, in which Seattle ranked 31st in coverage last season, allowing an average of 285 yards passing per outing. The Seahawks could also lose Quinton Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin in free agency.
Should they ask for a defender, rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson would be the guy.
Let’s meet in the middle here: Three first-round picks, a 2022 third-rounder and Montgomery for Wilson and say a fourth-rounder?
Chicago has to get something else.
Johnson will soon be the top cornerback for the Bears as Kyle Fuller could be a cap causality. There are quality Day 2 running backs in the draft, meaning Montgomery’s production could be replaced by Week 1.
This feels like a steep price for Chicago to give up, but they need a true quarterback. Wilson also wants to be in Chicago should he be moved.
Both sides would somewhat walk away happy and a new era could begin.