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Odds favor Russell Wilson trade, which is good news for Bears

Bettors currently view a Russell Wilson trade as the most likely option, which favors the Bears tremendously.

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All eyes in the Bears fandom are on Russell Wilson, the disgruntled star quarterback who has expressed interest in a trade after nine seasons with the Seahawks.

The Bears have long been at the center of trade rumors for the 8-time Pro Bowler, being one of his four preferred landing spots in a hypothetical trade. No move has been made as of this writing, but with the events of free agency, Chicago stands out as the most likely landing spot if Wilson gets dealt.

The listed odds have Wilson at a -130 likelihood of being traded, translating to roughly 56.5 percent odds. Despite these favorable odds for a trade, writers at Sports Betting Dime expect the +100 odds of his staying in Seattle to hit, citing his $39 million dead cap hit as a reason why.

If the odds reflect the eventual results of the Wilson trade fiasco, then the Bears would presumably be that landing spot, unless the star signal-caller chooses to expand his list of destinations he would accept a trade to.

Of the four teams Wilson would accept going to in a trade, three of them now have a plan at the quarterback position. The Cowboys signed Dak Prescott to a contract extension, the Raiders have demonstrated faith in Derek Carr, and the Saints have signed both Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill to extensions after the retirement of Drew Brees.

The only quarterback the Bears have under contract is Nick Foles, who himself has been the subject of trade rumors. Mitchell Trubisky is all but gone, and Chicago finds themselves in a tough position to acquire a top quarterback prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft with the No. 20 overall pick.

There’s no guarantee that the Seahawks will deal Wilson, even with the favorable betting odds. However, if he does get traded, it’s looking likely that he could end up with the Bears.