Could Chicago Bears be left out of QB shuffle?
From the end of the 2020 regular season to the start of the 2021 NFL free agency, Chicago Bears fans have dreamed big. It helps that this unprecedented offseason has seen DeShaun Watson rumors followed by Russell Wilson rumors, but even from Carson Wentz to Justin Fields, the Bears and their fans have been thinking about the savior at the quarterback position.
It is fun to think about and this year the possibilities are endless. However, something less talked about is what would happen if the blockbuster trade does not go through? What if, like Wentz, the rumors get hot and the Bears end up without a quarterback when the music stops?
According to some, this is not too unrealistic. Peter King wrote his Football Morning In America column where he suggested the Bears could be in trouble.
"For a second, let’s be real. Short of a miracle, the Bears are screwed…..I’ve thought for some time that the Bears will be left out of the prime QB stakes."
King goes onto note that they are not atop the Watson sweepstakes. He notes that while Wilson may approve of going to Chicago, that Chicago does not have the assets to acquire Wilson. Even two first-rounders and Khalil Mack does not help Seattle, because the first-rounders are not going to be high enough. Wilson may want to go, but Seattle would have no real reason to trade him to Chicago.
This is a much more realistic view than most fans want to hear right now. The odds of acquiring either Watson or Wilson are slim. The question of what they can do from there comes up.
Veteran free agents are not nearly as flashy and would provide more of a competition for Nick Foles than a starter above him. They could draft, but the thought is that the top 5 quarterbacks will be gone by pick 20. Do they trade up for Fields, or even for someone like Mac Jones?
The list of names is long but is going to start growing shorter. Bears fans have to at least accept that there is a chance that Wilson, Watson, and none of the top quarterbacks wind up in Chicago. They have to accept that like, Wentz, they could be second in the bidding.
if that happens, what is this team going to do?