Russell Wilson trade: Bears reportedly on Seahawks QB's short list

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Schefter: Bears on Russell Wilson's short list if traded originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

We’ve talked Deshaun Watson trades. We’ve talked Carson Wentz trades. We’ve talked Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota and Sam Darnold and Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff trades. But now we’re talking about a possible Russell Wilson trade to the Bears? Better believe it.

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There it is: The Bears on a short list for a quarterback with a no-trade clause. I thought I’d never see the day.

Sure there are the obvious reality checks, like “Russell Wilson has not demanded a trade,” or “Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle,” but just to be in the conversation sure is exciting!

While it may still seem unlikely, take a moment to imagine Wilson in a Bears uniform. He’d instantly raise the team’s profile to Super Bowl contenders. Wilson’s addition might even convince a guy like Allen Robinson to sign a potential franchise tag. As arguably the best deep ball thrower in the league, he could help Darnell Mooney become a top-notch explosive play threat. Of course, the attention Wilson demands from opposing defenses could take some pressure off David Montgomery and help him develop as well.

Wilson is a true multiplier, and his effect on the Bears’ offense cannot be overstated. However, it’s still a pretty big stretch to think he could end up in Chicago. So let’s suppose instead he lands on one of the other teams on that list: the Saints, Cowboys or Raiders. If— and again, it’s a very big if— any of those other teams acquire Wilson, it could help the Bears too. If Las Vegas pulls off the blockbuster deal, and Derek Carr isn’t involved in the trade, he would immediately become available for a trade to Chicago. Same goes for Dallas and Dak Prescott. It’s been reported that the Saints are interested in bringing back free agent Jameis Winston (and it’s hard to imagine him passing up that opportunity). That would obviously change if Wilson comes to New Orleans, making Winston available as a free agent.

Will any of this come to pass? Probably not, but who knows? This has already been a crazy offseason in terms of quarterback trades, and more mayhem is expected before the draft. So until this year’s QB carousel comes to a halt, we can have fun dreaming.

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