The Chicago Bears have made it very clear that the franchise doesn’t want to go into the 2021 season repeating its past quarterback mistakes.
In 2020, neither Mitchell Trubisky nor Nick Foles proved themselves capable of taking Chicago to the Super Bowl. The Bears finished 8-8 and were never even remotely close to their division-leading rivals, the Green Bay Packers. Given the quarterback troubles that plague this team, their interest in Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is more than understandable.
Watson badly wants out of Houston and has okayed a trade to three teams. Although the Bears aren’t one of them, chances are that if terms could be worked out, Watson would be open to moving to the Windy City.
Wilson is a little less eager to leave town, but if he does get dealt, he too has made it very clear where he wants to go.
The obvious question at this point is: what are the Bears willing to give up to get one of these two studs?
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports – a lot.
“Sources said they are prepared to throw a boatload of picks at the Texans — for Deshaun Watson — and Seahawks — for Russell Wilson — in an attempt to upgrade at the most important position in all of professional sports,” he wrote.
“They are beyond serious and, as is generally the case when job security is at the fore, future picks in like 2023 don’t hold all that much value in real time. They don’t have the type of young, cheap talent that some other trade suitors do, but you can always keep throwing future top draft picks at the problem.”
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The Bears are on the precipice of being an actually good football team. There is only one thing standing in their way at this point, and it’s possessing a competent quarterback.
If a deal for Watson or Wilson doesn’t ultimately materialize, Chicago is also one of three teams said to be interested in current New York Jets quarterback, Sam Darnold.
One way or another, clearly the Bears are scrambling for someone new to lead their offense in 2021. Will they be able to find a worthy candidate? An answer should come in the next few weeks.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.