This off-season, there have been a plethora of rumors involving the Seahawks, free agency, trades, and the NFL draft. Some are outright outrageous, others are possible but most likely the result of bored journalists who have nothing else to write about.
We’ve made it through the Earl Thomas case and the ridiculous Russell Wilson to the New York Giants rumor, but now fans have been suffering through the idea that the Seahawks should trade Wilson. This idea has been thrown around before, but it wasn’t until former offensive lineman and current ESPN NFL analyst, Damien Woody, started an uproar on Twitter after asking the simple question, “Would u give up two 1st for Russell Wilson?”
The fact that people are even entertaining the idea of trading Wilson is ludicrous. If the Seahawks are even considering listening to offers for the hell it, they are fools. Russell Wilson is the face of the franchise. He’s the most valuable player on the team. I don’t care if they are offered two, three, or four first-round picks. If you trade Russell Wilson, you are going to regret it.
It’s astonishing that people are still doubting what he can do on the field. He hasn’t missed a single game during his NFL career, he averages 28 touchdowns and over 3,600 yards while sitting behind one of the statistically worse offensive lines in the league, and he’s a cherub off of the field.
It isn’t just Wilson who has been the center of trade rumors. Some weeks ago, there was the rumor that the Seahawks were listening to trade offers for Frank Clark and that the Buffalo Bills were the leading bidder. Then it came out that it wasn’t true but here we are again with social media claiming that Seattle is listening to offers for Clark again.
Now, I do understand the idea behind this rumor because of Clark’s intention to not sign the franchise tag and Demarcus Lawrence‘s massive new contract with the Cowboys. Clark is a valuable edge rusher and the price to keep him is rapidly increasing.
I know that the Seahawks probably wish they could keep Wilson, Clark, and Bobby Wagner, but it could be difficult considering Wilson is projected to get at least $35 million per year. Clark could get $30 million in the first year of his new deal, while Wagner could make $15 million a year.
A slight last thing to add would be all the draft speculation surrounding the Seahawks. Most mock drafts have Seattle staying put at 21st overall and selecting someone of the defensive side of the ball, but more than likely, they will trade out of the first round considering they only have a total of four draft picks in the draft. This mock draft consensus is probably the result of the mock drafters being unsure of who and where the Seahawks would trade down.