Bears hold +800 odds for where Russell Wilson will start 2021 season


(RADIO.COM Sports) Is star quarterback Russell Wilson ready to move on from the Seahawks? While Wilson hasn't officially demanded a trade, there's definitely some smoke coming out of Seattle. And as the famous saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

If the Seahawks did attempt to trade Wilson, the only teams he'd be willing to be dealt to are the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders and the Chicago Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported. Wilson holds a no-trade clause, so he has power in where he could potentially be traded. After the news of Wilson's trade wish list broke, DraftKings Sportsbook put out the betting odds for where Wilson will start next season.

As for the favorites, you guessed it, the Raiders, Cowboys, Saints and Bears lead the pack as Wilson’s potential landing spots. While the Seahawks are overwhelmingly favored to retain Wilson, the Bears check in with +800 odds.

If Wilson is traded, which team will he end up on? Let’s break down the odds further.

Las Vegas Raiders: +400
While trading away a franchise quarterback is never easy, maybe the situation has gotten so bad in Seattle that the Seahawks want a clean break. If so, the Raiders are the most interesting option of the bunch, because they're one of the only teams that would be able to send a quarterback back to the Seahawks.

I could see a deal involving quarterback Derek Carr, multiple first-round picks and possibly a defensive player moving the needle.

Wilson playing in Las Vegas in the classic black and silver would be a sight to see.

Dallas Cowboys: +600
This remains unlikely, but from a purely entertainment standpoint, Wilson going to Dallas would be fun. Adding Wilson would immediately make the Cowboys the favorites in the NFC East. Maybe it's the aura of going to a big-name franchise, “America’s Team,” that attracts Wilson.

Dallas has the No. 10 pick in the NFL Draft as well as some young assets, especially at the wide receiver position. How about a couple of first-round picks, receiver Michael Gallup and a young defensive player like Leighton Vander Esch?

It will be interesting to see what the Cowboys do with quarterback Dak Prescott, but you can never count out Jerry Jones from making a wild move like this one.

New Orleans Saints: +700
One paper, this is a match made in heaven for both Wilson and the Saints. Wilson would have weapons galore and get to play under an offensive-minded coach in Sean Payton. But realistically, the Saints don’t make much sense due to their salary cap issues, as the team is almost $70 million over the cap.

Unless New Orleans makes several big cuts and another team gets involved, I don’t see Wilson going to the Saints.

Chicago Bears: +800
With the Bears holding the No. 20 pick, their best shot at landing a difference-making quarterback is via a trade. And, if there is one team that's willing to go all in and overpay for a quarterback right now, it’s the Bears. General manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy didn’t get their contracts extended, so the pressure is on them to win in 2021.

Apparently Wilson does like Chicago, as Peter King of NBC Sports reported that tight end Jimmy Graham is selling him on the idea of joining the Bears, who have some attractive assets on the defensive side.

After the aforementioned teams there’s a big drop off to the rest of the list. Both the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots come in at +3300, while the Washington Football Team is at +5000.