Russell Wilson trade: Why Bears have to help Seahawks land Trey Lance

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Orlovsky: Why Trey Lance could be key for any Russell Wilson deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

If you thought that the Bears signing Andy Dalton this week meant the end of Russell Wilson trade talk, oh my, were you mistaken.

Adam Schefter has said multiple times he wouldn’t close the books on a Wilson deal and has hinted that if anything were to happen, it could happen around the draft. Hearing that, Dan Orlovsky (the man who cooked up an interesting three-way trade idea featuring Sam Darnold on Monday) went back to the drawing board to put together some hypothetical trade options. Now he thinks one draft prospect could be the cornerstone of a possible deal.

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“I think Trey Lance, the quarterback from North Dakota State, is a key here,” Orlovsky said on “Get Up” on Thursday. “I think he’s a huge piece of this. I continue to hear Schefty talk about Seattle and the potential interest in the college guys, because they’re cheap to potentially replace Russell Wilson.”

The reason Orlovsky thinks Lance is the key rookie, as opposed to the others, is because of his similarities to Wilson, when the Seahawks QB was in the 2012 draft.

“Russell Wilson they fell in love with because the intangibles, the leadership skills, the work ethic, the understanding of how big of a commitment it was to go be great, the chase for greatness,” Orlovsky said. “And everything you hear about Trey Lance— again, North Dakota State, unbelievable kid, great talent, amazing leadership skills, beloved by teammates, wants to go be great. And I think if Seattle’s going to go and go, ‘We really love this Trey Lance kid, and we really think that’s the person we think can step into that role, and kind of follow that journey that Russell Wilson went on, and go be great, we would be more comfortable trying to make that move.

“If they fall in love with Trey Lance, this becomes very realistic to me.”

It’s worth noting, the Bears would likely have to make another move, or bring in another team, to help Seattle land Lance in the draft. Currently, the Bears have the No. 20 overall pick. Unless Lance unexpectedly falls in the draft, that 20th-overall pick won’t be good enough to snag the NDSU QB.

However, we’ve seen Ryan Pace make several draft day moves in the past, so never say never.

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