Russell Wilson is reportedly the Bears’ top priority this season. It makes sense, of course. Wilson is a franchise quarterback, something the Bears lack.
Ex-Bears tight end Greg Olsen appeared on the Colin Cowherd Podcast to speak about what a Wilson trade would mean for Chicago:
Former Chicago Bears TE Greg Olsen said on the Colin Cowherd Podcast that he was “pissed off as hell” when the Bears traded him.
Olsen said “Chicago would lose their minds” if the Bears traded for Russell Wilson.
Olsen: “Chicago is an unbelievable place to play.”
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) March 8, 2021
Russell Wilson in 2020-21 NFL Season
Russell Wilson played like a borderline MVP candidate throughout the last NFL season. His totals ranked among the best in the league as he showcased his dual threat ability in every game.
Wilson threw for the second most yards of his career with 4,212 and threw a career high 40 touchdown passes. Those totals ranked 9th and 2nd in the league overall. His quarterback rating of 101.5 ranked seventh in the league. Wilson was the catalyst of a Seahawks team that went 11-5 and won a very competitive NFC West division.
He also added 513 yards on the ground, showing off his versatility. With him under center, the Seahawks ranked 8th in points per game as they fielded a very potent offensive game. Their only problem was keeping Wilson protected as they ranked 27th in sacks allowed.
DK Metcalf emerged as a strong no. 1 receiver and Tyler Lockett also turned in another 1,000 yard receiving season, catching many of Wilson’s beautifully thrown deep balls.
Wilson makes his teammates better. Without him, Seattle would be in a dire state offensively, and Wilson reminds of us that fact every single time he steps on to the field. 2020-21 was no different. He’s a proven winner and has elevated the Seahawks far past their potential:
Seahawks Franchise History:
Before Russ: 36 seasons, 11 playoff app, 8 playoff wins, 1 Super Bowl app, 0 championships
With Russ: 9 seasons, 8 playoff app, 9 playoff wins, 2 Super Bowl app, 1 championship
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) March 4, 2021
How Wilson Would Fit With the Chicago Bears
Well, for starters, Wilson wouldn’t be leaving the Seahawks to join an offense devoid of weapons. With Allen Robinson garnering the franchise tag, Wilson would once again have a go-to no.1 receiver. Aside from him, the Bears also employ Darnell Mooney who’s only given us a glimpse of who he can become:
Darnell Mooney averaged 3.2 yards of separation per route run last year. That ties Davante Adams and is better than Stefon Diggs or DeAndre Hopkins.
Of the top-20 WRs in yards this year, only Tyreek Hill and Tyler Lockett created more separation per play than Mooney.
— Dave Kluge (@DaveKluge_FF) February 16, 2021
Cole Kmet is set to enter his second season after showing promises of being a very skilled tight end, and running back David Montgomery had a breakout year with 1,070 yards (ranking fifth in the league). Moreover, for a quarterback who’s been sacked at a mind-blowing rate:
Since 2016, Russell Wilson has been sacked 230 times, 38 more than the next closest QB
He’s on track to become the most-sacked QB in NFL history in three years, surpassing Brett Favre’s total of 525
W/ only 3 picks in the draft, Seattle will have to build out the O-line
— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) March 3, 2021
Wilson might finally get a somewhat decent offensive line. Chicago doesn’t have the best o-line in the league, but they ranked far ahead of Seattle in terms of sacks allowed at 17. Additionally a lineup with Cody Whitehair, James Daniels and Sam Mustipher is only set to trend upwards.
Wilson joining Chicago would drastically turn their franchise around. The Bears have never had a 4,000 yard or 30 touchdown passer in their history while Wilson has had three seasons since joining the league in 2012 where he’s done both. Wilson is also reportedly interested in turning the Bears offense around, making Chicago a very attractive destination for the superstar.