I will start with the player everyone will think I am an idiot for even mentioning that Russell Wilson could be traded. He won’t be. And if he is, I am not the idiot, the Seahawks are. Of course, there has been talk of Wilson ending up in New York with the Giants, but this is only for national media types who have nothing better to opine about during the offseason. It is great fodder to think of clean-cut highly-productive Wilson in New York.
Wilson threw the fewest passes of any qualified NFL starter in 2018 and still had his best season. Plus, Wilson out of the pocket is incredible. He isn’t a cookie cutter dual-threat quarterback. Wilson can beat a team in multiple ways and the way he beats you is simply how he feels that day. Does he want to defeat your favorite team by throwing for four touchdowns? Maybe. Or does he want to defeat your favorite team by scrambling around and getting running lanes, etc., etc. There’s no real way to defend him if he is left to his own devices.
The Seahawks are on the precipice of being Super Bowl contenders again. The horrible Super Bowl early this calendar year should have given every team hope. Neither the Patriots or the Rams looked like they would just be dominant for years on end. A lot of teams should feel they have a shot at winning a championship in 2019.
And this is why Wilson would bring in a huge haul of picks and probably established veterans. Wilson is a great quarterback. Put him on the Jaguars team of 2017, for instance, and they probably win the Super Bowl. The value of trading Wilson cannot go without some thought, even if it sets Seattle back a year or three.
Wilson might play every game and every practice. But the $35 million he command per season could be spent on three or four quality players. I don’t want him to be a non-Seahawk. But if he must not be then get some value for him.