The hierarchy of draft strategies for the Chicago Bears to use in 2021 Draft
Is there a hidden scenario that could playout for the Chicago Bears?
This is where the plot really thickens. More than one source reported that Ryan Pace had an agreed-upon deal with John Schneider the Seahawks general manager to trade for Russell Wilson. Then the Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll stepped in and killed the deal because there was not a QB good enough for him included in the trade.
Then there are the continued reports from credible sources that it is just a matter of time before the marriage between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks comes to an end as neither side is happy with the other. Similar to not being able to fix footwork issues, NFL history shows the inability to fix relationships between a starting quarterback and the top brass of an NFL team will ultimately get a QB shipped out of town.
This is even true of the franchise quarterbacks like Russell Wilson. The same thing happened to Jim McMahon here in Chicago who is the only Bears quarterback to lead his team to an NFL Championship between 1963 and today — a span of 58 years.
As I wrote weeks ago, and Mike Florio recently made the same point on a broadcast, that Russell Wilson will not be dealt until after June 1st because of the $32 million dollar cap hit the Seahawks would take if they traded him any earlier.
This sets up a 50/50 possibility that whomever the Bears draft in the first round could be included in a deal for Wilson after June 1st. I came to this speculation when I read that the Bears are seriously trying to trade up to 8, 9 or 10 and that Justin Fields is in play to be drafted by them with this type of trade.
If Fields is in fact their top target, this only makes sense to me if they intend to trade him to Seattle for Wilson along with other picks and players. The beauty of this deal for the Bears is that trading up for a QB in this draft and then trading him to the Seahawks is like being a distributor passing goods and costs along to the final buyer. So whatever list of picks were included in the original deal with Seattle just subtract those picks agreed to if they are needed to trade up to draft Fields.