Russell Wilson Trade Rumors: Latest on Seahawks QB's Future, Bears' Pursuit

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IMarch 16, 2021

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks toward his bench near the end of the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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After spending his first nine NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson's name continues to be involved in trade rumors this offseason. Will the 32-year-old quarterback be back, or could he get a fresh start elsewhere?

During an appearance on Good Morning Football on Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Seahawks have been fielding calls on a potential Wilson trade since early February. However, that doesn't necessarily mean Seattle will move forward with a deal.

"General manager John Schneider will always listen. ... But it doesn't sound like he's engaged in any real conversations," Rapoport said on the show. "So when teams like the Bears, they've been among the teams that have been interested ... when they make clear that they are interested, Seattle hasn't really reciprocated."

Wilson, who has a full no-trade clause in his contract, made it known that the Chicago Bears were one of the four teams he's approve a trade to, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, along with the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders.

Those three teams may be more unlikely trade partners, though. The Cowboys signed quarterback Dak Prescott to a four-year, $160 million deal last week. The Raiders already have Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota. And the Saints have reportedly given new contracts to Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill after Drew Brees announced his retirement Sunday.

But the Bears are in the market for a quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky now a free agent. According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Chicago is "leading the charge in pursuit of Wilson."

However, Rapoport noted during his Good Morning Football appearance that the Seahawks may not have time on their side. The legal tampering period for NFL free agency began Monday, and the limited number of available quarterbacks will continue to drop.

"If a deal isn't done pretty soon, you've got to think the Bears and other teams are going to say, 'We need to move on and figure this out,'" Rapoport said on the show.

Should the Seahawks opt to trade Wilson, they may already have a new quarterback in mind. Leonard reported that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has a "high opinion" of New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and that the Seahawks could trade for the 23-year-old if they move on from Wilson.

It'll all come down to what Seattle decides to do with Wilson, who voiced concerns about the number of times he's been hit throughout his career when speaking to the media last month.

Wilson has never missed a game in his NFL career and continues to play at a high level. He passed for 4,212 yards and a career-high 40 touchdowns in 2020, leading the Seahawks to a 12-4 record and the NFC West title.