The Chicago Bears are desperate to acquire a star quarterback. With the possibility of at least two being available this offseason, they can actually use that desperation to their advantage.
As everyone knows, after back-to-back 8-8 seasons the Chicago Bears surprisingly kept all the main pieces of management together. That means CEO Ted Phillips, general manager Ryan Pace, and head coach Matt Nagy all got what we think is a final chance to turn things around.
Because of that, many expect the Bears to be in desperation mode. With jobs on the line, the team may swing for the fences to improve the roster. Of course, that may put the future in peril. That is a bridge those individuals will cross if they get there. If they don’t succeed in 2021, then that’s a problem they don’t have to worry about.
With Mitchell Trubisky looking like he won’t return, if the Bears end up with Nick Foles as the starter that will disappoint many people. As a result, Chicago has been linked with just about every quarterback, available or not. Some of the names linked are Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, Alex Smith, Deshaun Watson, and Russell Wilson, just to name a few. There are also the quarterbacks in the draft. Some expect the Bears to move up while others expect them to move down to acquire a prospect.
Can the desperation be a good thing for the Bears?
While most people think that desperation helps make bad decisions, can the Bears’ desperation actually work out for them? It could if it pries Wilson or Watson from their teams. They are two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Therefore, it will cost a pretty penny to acquire them. With the Bears in a win-now situation, they could be willing to pay even more to get a deal done.
The word out of Houston and Seattle is that neither team wants to trade away their superstar quarterback. Why would they want to do that? Well, in Houston Watson doubled down on wanting out. He met with new Texans head coach David Culley recently. He reiterated his desire to never play for Houston again.
Apparently, the Texans still haven’t budged and have no inclination to trade him. However, as the big offers come in, you have to think that stance eventually softens. It would be malpractice if they received a huge offer for Watson but don’t do anything. Look at how the Dallas Cowboys built a dynasty by trading Herschel Walker back in 1989.
On ESPN, Jeff Darlington spoke on how the Texans had their victim to go after — the Chicago Bears. Apparently, the Bears have a big offer for him. Houston has to decide to cut their losses and begin a fairly quick rebuild with all the draft picks they’ll acquire.
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As Darlington says, if the Texans play hardball too much, they risk losing the deal. That is especially true if there is a deal to be made for Wilson. Unlike Watson, he hasn’t requested a trade. He is tired of the lack of accountability he feels head coach Pete Carroll and his sons (who are on the coaching staff) have. The Bears are one of four teams with whom Wilson would approve a trade. If the Bears decide to go to Seattle with a deal they could pull the trigger. That makes Houston’s situation even worse.
The Chicago Bears’ desperation could give rise to an incredible deal. If Chicago can get either Watson or Wilson, that quarterback will surely be on his way to becoming the greatest quarterback in franchise history. Remember, this is the only team in the NFL that still doesn’t have a 4,000-yard passer in any season. Pace and company want to change that and likely do whatever they can to get a deal done. On the other hand, they could also just acquire Sam Darnold.