Adam Schefter deals in hopium.
And this tweet will have Bears Twitter craving more:
.@AdamSchefter when asked if we should stop paying attention to a potential Russell Wilson trade:
"No … I'm told that the Bears still are paying attention to Russell Wilson and have not abandoned hopes." pic.twitter.com/YpEcQr6C0M
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 19, 2021
Hope? Rebellions are built on hope.
The Bears haven’t abandoned hopes of acquiring Russell Wilson in a trade. On the one hand, I admire the franchise’s gumption, especially considering what they’ve reportedly already offered:
If the Seahawks turned down 3 1sts, 1 3rd, Hicks, and Fuller, then I’m not sure they’re trading Russell Wilson at all. https://t.co/cLwwDmV8kk
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) March 19, 2021
To get a whale of a deal like that turned down and *still* believe you can work something out down the line is admirable. And to do so after signing Andy Dalton and telling him that he’ll start takes some real … something.
In any case, it’s more important that Schefter presented a window in which this could happen. The ESPN insider points to NFL Draft weekend as the next crossroads:
Waiting it out until Draft weekend could be the most prudent move. After all, it’s the only time a team can mortgage four years worth of first-round picks. And last I checked 4 > 3. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not opposed to a place-holder such as Ryan Fitzpatrick signing at a later date. It’s just that there’s no reason to act irrationally when the Seahawks or Texans can circle back at draft time and say something like: Remember when you offered three first round picks? Make it four and we’ll have a deal. Would Pace turn that down? Probably not.
And frankly, a deal going down during the 2021 NFL Draft makes more sense than one happening at the start of the league year. In fact, it always has.
Then again, I also wrote this at the start of the week:
Ryan Pace needs to be patient throughout all this. If a deal with Wilson or Deshaun Watson doesn’t come, there’s no good reason to rush to overpay a lesser option. Unless he went out and did something irrational earlier in the offseason.
Sigh. Just when you think you’re out, they find a way to pull you back in. And that Schefter’s NFL Network counterpart Mike Garafolo hinted that trade at a later point in time can’t be ruled out, I suppose we might as well keep that in mind when the calendar turns to April.
Not when he’s shown a failure when it comes to asset management. Not when he’s shown an inability to evaluate the quarterback position. Not when he’s on a one-year contract