Analysis: Why the Bears reportedly offering the kitchen sink for Russell Wilson wasn’t enough for the Seahawks

With all that has happened in the past six weeks, keep in mind that the Seattle Seahawks never wanted to trade with Russell Wilson.

But blind and caught in a situation they hadn’t foreseen – their franchise quarterback let it be known that while he wasn’t asking for a deal, he’d be fine if the Seahawks traded him to one of four teams – they stayed behind little choice but to examine their options.

You can argue that, given all that Russell Wilson meant, and will continue to mean, Russell Wilson shouldn’t even have done this.

And that $ 39 million dead-cap hit for the 2021 season, with Wilson trading before June 1 – the most logical time to get an immediate capital draft – was a huge drag, even if the Seahawks tended to do it to deal with Wilson.

That age isn’t everything, but Wilson turns 33 in November. While he still has three years on his contract, it won’t be long in the New World NFL to talk about what Wilson’s next contract could be.

Then there is his obvious misfortune when Wilson’s camp announced that he / she was having some issues with Pete Carroll’s desire to get back on the run, how the team built their offensive line, and how much Wilson (or camp) to say has had in personnel / coaching decisions.

Because of this, Seahawks general manager John Schneider met with Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace on Wednesday last week in Fargo, North Dakota, to discuss a possible deal, according to reports on the NFL network.

The two were reportedly there to watch North Dakota QB Trey Lance’s pro day. But the news that Schneider was there raised some eyebrows as the Seahawks through # 56 have no choice and no obvious reason to hire a quarterback.

Schneider wanted to see Lance just in case. After all, it’s a GM’s job to know as much as possible (not to mention the gossip and side conversations with fellow NFL managers and agents that come with such events).

But now we know what the real reason could have been – to hear how serious the bears were, always threatening to make a deal as the most likely of the four teams on Wilson’s list (the others were the cowboys, raiders) and saints ).

According to “The Dan Patrick Show,” the bears offered three picks for the first round, one picks for the third round and two unnamed starters.

Unless you are familiar with the unnamed starters, this is a bit difficult to judge. Was it a stellar run on Khalil Mack and recipient Allen Robinson (and yes, we’re putting cap issues aside) or a backup of QB Nick Foles and, hey, maybe one-off Seahawk Jimmy Graham? (Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported that the Seahawks were offered at least one of many players, which apparently included Mack and the defensive end Akiem Hicks.)

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the offer was enough to get the Seahawks to think.

“The Seahawks slept on it,” he said on Wednesday. “You talked about it. (On Tuesday) they made up their minds – especially coach Pete Carroll doesn’t want to rebuild. They decided, “We’re not going to trade Russell Wilson for the bears.”

The Bears reached out to quarterback Andy Dalton and effectively ended that act of drama (and we suspect it is the Bears who leaked the details of Wednesday’s trade to show how much they care for, after all the criticism which they decided to have really tried to get Wilson to settle on Dalton).

If the Bears could offer a quarterback the Seahawks could win with, then maybe it’s an offer they are more seriously considering.

Without that, the offer was indeed tantamount to rebuilding – and draft picks that might not have been so good after all. Chicago has the 20th election this year, and obviously if the Bears got Wilson they would have become even more of a contender for playoff bids and future picks would be in that range or below.

Carroll will turn 70 in September, so he wouldn’t want to rebuild at this stage, even if he has a contract that will take him through the 2025 season.

Carroll is smart enough to know that the difference between 8-8 and 11-5 in the NFL is far less than fans might think, and usually that difference is a quarterback.

When the Wilson trade rumors first broke out, those on the pro Wilson side pointed to the Seahawks’ 7-9 records in the two years prior to his arrival and that they had to double-digit profits every year.

Close Seahawks watchers know it’s a little more complicated. Bobby Wagner also came here in 2012 to put the finishing touches on a defense that became one of the best in NFL history. In the middle of the 2011 season, they committed to a running game operated by Marshawn Lynch (5-3 in the second half of the season), which complemented Wilson’s running and the ability to perfectly serve the zone.

And those in the camp who may have wondered if it was time to trade Wilson will note that the Seahawks have only won two playoff games in the past six years – and that Wilson’s cap hit does Seahawks made it harder to build some sort of roster around him that they had in the Super Bowl years.

While the Seahawks seem to have approached the ledge to figure out what life could be like without Wilson, for now – as Wilson hopes they’ll be making more appearances on the field in the years to come – they seem determined to pass.

Now comes the time to repair the fence – and perhaps the news that Carroll has shot down the deal helps – and much speculation that the Wilson and Seahawks relationship at this point can best be viewed as a year-to-year proposition.

Which means Wilson trade rumors shouldn’t be overtaken, just put on hold for a while.

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