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Bates will pass on Bears gig and join Carroll

With everyone on the hot seat in Chicago and a new regime landing in Seattle, former USC offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has opted to join Pete Carroll with the Seahawks, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

The Bears wanted to hire Bates, which would have reunited him with quarterback Jay Cutler. Bates served as Cutler’s position coach in Denver.

So now maybe the Seahawks can trade for Cutler.

We’re only partially kidding. With Matt Hasselbeck’s career winding down, the Seahawks will need a quarterback.

We know you’re thinking that Matt Leinart is the answer. Based on his performance in 2009 and his $10.5 million salary in 2010 and the absence of any cap consequences from trading him in an uncapped year, the Bengals might be willing to think about shipping Carson Palmer back to the West Coast.