Go Ahead and Laugh But It's No Joke

The April Fool's jokes this week at the expense of Bears fans were predictable but it's still possible the Russell Wilson trade could occur.

If you were one of those Bears fans falling for one of several April Fool's Day jokes saying they traded for Russell Wilson, shame on you.

If you were one perpetrating the joke, even more shame should come your way and it still could. 

First off, come on, that was easily the lowest-hanging fruit on any tree for a joker.  

The trade remains a possibility according to numerous reports, although it's going to take convincing Peter Carroll to do it. 

That won't be easy.

Still, even Chris Mortensen acknowledged this could be revisited this week when ESPN televised Todd McShay' most recent mock draft revision, and it's rare when Mort chases after ghosts. There have now been four different reporters from the same network say the same thing after Schefter said it first. The Tribune's Brad Biggs has reported the same thing.

It seems to be even more of a possibility after this past week considering Seattle's cash situation and a few other factors. 

They still have barely improved their offensive line situation and this was the chief problem Russell Wilson had voiced when these reports first surfaced.

The addition of Gabe Jackson for a fifth-round pick has been their only real line personnel improvement.  And fifth-round draft picks rarely net the most productive players in a trade.

Seattle was at $10 million under the cap Saturday according to Spotrac.com and this wasn't counting several contracts in the figure, including Al Woods' $3 million.

The Seahawks could use some cash and one way they have of generating it is by simply restructuring Russell Wilson's contract. They haven't done it to date, even though they have the contractual right to do so.  

A team with no intention of trading someone would definitely restructure because then they can push bonus payments for the restructuring to future years against their salary cap. Yet, the Seahawks haven't done that.


Also, last week reports surfaced about the rift existing between Seattle management and Wilson, with Richard Sherman at the center of these. It was suggested Seattle wanted to bring back Sherman, their former All-Pro cornerback who played for San Francisco the past three seasons after leaving in free agency.

Sherman and Russell reportedly did not get along, although, they tried to show people in 2019 they had patched things up with a jersey swap.  Pro Football Talk suggested the Seahawks may have been floating this possibility of  a signing just to remind Wilson what they had already done for him.  

So, if true, this hardly seemed like Seattle was making up with its quarterback.

From the Bears' end, they kept Akiem Hicks rather than cut him, then cut Kyle Fuller when it was widely reported Hicks was one of the potential players to be traded in a deal for Wilson.

The Bears' own salary cap situation remains tight but if they get a new deal for Allen Robinson and make a few other changes they could pull together enough space to accomodate a Wilson trade, especially if it occurred after June 1.

It's not likely to happen because Bears GM Ryan Pace would need to convince Pete Carroll to part ways with Wilson. All Wilson has done is put together nine winning seasons since arriving on the scene, including eight playoff berths. With a record like that, it's not going to be easy to convince a 70-year-old coach of making a move.

But the Bears do have at least one quarterback the Seahawks once coveted in Andy Dalton, and the New York Jets still have Sam Darnold available at a price and Carroll once said he thought highly of Darnold's game. Perhaps a three-way trade could include a quarterback for the Seahawks as well as draft picks.

It's all still wide open to be revisited before the draft, and as a result, it's no laughing matter.

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