The Chicago Bears took a big swing at Russell Wilson, and wound up with Andy Dalton. If they panic trade for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, the front office and fans may well emerge similarly disappointed to how the pursuit of Wilson played out.

See, giving up a huge haul of future draft assets actually makes sense if someone is as proven as Wilson. He’s the only QB in history to have a winning record in each of his first nine seasons, and hasn’t missed a single start to date.

Yours truly pretty much nailed the reported offer Bears general manager Ryan Pace made for Wilson. Now, we’ve got the team’s official Twitter page ecstatic about Dalton as the QB1, and possibly the worst situation in the NFC North at the most important position in sports.

Dalton is a serviceable backup at this point in his career. Even with weapons like Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb on the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, Dalton only managed a pedestrian 87.3 passer rating. The Red Rifle ranked 24th out of 38 QB qualifiers in Pro Football Focus’ player grades.

Chicago Bears should stick to reality in QB pursuit

The latest NFL rumors swirling around the Windy City suggest Pace may get “desperate” to save his job:

“The sense I get talking to people is the Bears are almost desperate to come away with a quarterback in the first two rounds this year. If they can’t make a move to get one of the top five, Davis Mills of Stanford is a signal-caller they really like.” - Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline on Chicago Bears’ QB plans in 2021 NFL Draft

Talk about a real recipe for disaster — and a guaranteed way for Pace to be given the pink slip after 2021, probably alongside head coach Matt Nagy.