Bears aren’t giving up on possibly landing Russell Wilson

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If you thought the Russell Wilson trade talk was going to die down eventually, you’re sorely mistaken. The trade rumors continue to swirl, especially as it pertains to the Chicago Bears.

The Bears made a valiant push to trade for Wilson — reportedly offering three first-round picks, a third-round pick and two players. But the Seattle Seahawks decided not to trade Wilson at the time, which had to do with concerns about who would replace him at quarterback.

After all, Chicago only has the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft, which isn’t ideal for landing one of the top five quarterback prospects in this year’s draft.

Recent reports from Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington suggest that Seattle could change its tune closer to the NFL draft. And there’s only more fuel being added to the fire.

According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, who appeared on ESPN’s Get Up on Thursday morning, Chicago hasn’t given up on potentially landing Wilson.

“The door is still open,” Russini said. “This isn’t something people are just speculating about. We know. I’ve been talking to enough people who say that the Bears aren’t taking this off the table.

“They don’t have pictures of Andy Dalton stuck all over the wall, and changing the way that building looks, saying he’s the guy. It’s just going to come down to whether or not this deal can come together.”

But there’s more where that came from. Pat McAfee shared more from Russini’s appearance of Get Up, which included an important tidbit about the fact that he still wants to be traded.

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“Dianna Russini goes on ‘Get Up,’ and she’s like, ‘Listen, everything you heard is still real,’” McAfee said. “Russell Wilson’s team, from her sources, on ‘Get Up’ she said, Russell Wilson’s team not happy with what the Seattle Seahawks did this free agency— 75 to 80% of that offensive line that he doesn’t like are coming back. So all these things are still being said. Still wants to be traded.”

While that certainly keeps the Bears in the running, Wilson may start to expand that list of teams he’d agree to be traded to.

“He gave permission to his agent to allow four teams to be announced as possible trade locations,” McAfee said. “Dianna Russini said he’s open to other teams as well.”

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