The upcoming NFL free agency period is already shaping up to be one of the most eventful in league history as teams have begun letting go of players they normally would hold onto.
The lower salary cap figure has forced front offices to part with productive players, which means teams will be getting bargains to fill out their roster. Aside from that, the quarterback rumors have only gotten more interesting as several names could be on the move in the coming months.
Deshaun Watson’s saga with the Houston Texans kicked things off, but Russell Wilson’s name was recently added to the mix after voicing his displeasure with the Seattle Seahawks. Both quarterbacks are franchise changers, and nearly every team should be calling to see if they can land one of the stars.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Chicago Bears appear to be one of the teams willing to go all in on Watson or Wilson:
Well, sources said they are prepared to throw a boatload of picks at the Texans — for Deshaun Watson — and Seahawks — for Russell Wilson — in an attempt to upgrade at the most important position in all of professional sports. They are beyond serious and, as is generally the case when job security is at the fore, future picks in like 2023 don’t hold all that much value in real time. They don’t have the type of young, cheap talent that some other trade suitors do, but you can always keep throwing future top draft picks at the problem.
The Bears have been a popular landing spot for a disgruntled signal-caller as they have the picks to get a deal done. There is also the issue of their current quarterback situation as both Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles did not perform well for a team that looked like they could make noise in the playoffs.
The Las Vegas Raiders are of some interest in this situation as they were one of the teams on Wilson’s reported shortlist of desired trade destinations, but so far, they have shown no inclination of trading for him. The Raiders appear high on Derek Carr and seem content on rolling into the 2021 season with their current core.