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Russell Wilson would consider trade to Bears

The eight-time Pro Bowler has the Bears on his shortlist of preferred destinations, should he be traded,

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reportedly has the Bears on a shortlist of four teams he would prefer to go to should he be traded, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Trade rumors surrounding the eight-time Pro Bowler have picked up since the end of the 2020 season after Wilson expressed his displeasure with Seattle’s inability to invest in an offensive line to protect him. While Schefter indicates that the quarterback has not requested a trade and would prefer to stay put, it is clear that Wilson has at least been considering his options.

Wilson, 32, is widely considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. As a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with numerous accolades and several successful seasons to his name, he has put together one of the most impressive quarterback careers of the 21st century. He mostly recently threw for 4,212 yards in 2020, scoring 40 touchdowns through the air with a career-high 68.8 completion percentage while leading the Seahawks to a 12-4 record.

With a no-trade clause in his contract, Wilson holds control over where he would end up in a hypothetical trade. It would be up to the Seahawks to come to an agreement on a deal, but he would have significant say in where he ends up should he be dealt.

It bears repeating that Seattle has remained adamant in wanting to keep Wilson on their team, and he himself prefers staying on his current team. However, the Bears being on his shortlist of preferred destinations is an encouraging development. Even if the chances of their landing him are slim to none, such news provides a slight glimmer of hope that a potential blockbuster could emerge if Chicago is somehow able to put together a big enough deal.