Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are having an interesting offseason. But Seattle might be open to trading Wilson if they can get three first-round picks, according to the NFL Network’s Mike Silver. At least, that is the presumed floor of what Seattle would like back in exchange for Wilson. Also, and here is the thing, supposedly a third of the teams in the NFL have reached out to Seattle about Wilson.
Yes, Wilson has a no-trade clause but I also get the feeling (which means relatively nothing because I am the same as you, dear reader – merely a fan of the Seahawks) that if Seattle would find a location that Wilson liked he might approve a trade. And especially if the team getting Wilson upped his pay and had the semblance of a decent offensive line.
Such as, “Hello, Russ. The Jets stink right now but have all of our draft picks, probably still have a better O-line than Seattle and you and your wife (Ciara!) will now be the king and queen of New York and you can be the savior of the franchise and will pay you loads to do it!” Maybe Wilson says yes to that.
Then Seattle would get those Jamal Adams that they gave to the Jets back. New York has two pocks each in the first rounds of 2021 and 2022.
Does Seattle trading Russell Wilson make sense?
But the question is, should Seattle give up Russell Wilson for three first-round picks? The answer is yes. I like Russell Wilson as a quarterback a whole bunch. He is really good. Wilson makes the Seahawks better than the sum of their parts. But he will also be 33 years old during the 2021 season.
If Seattle, who has zero first-round choices this year and next, could pick up those draft choices again and add another then for the future of the franchise the Seahawks should take that trade. Maybe 2022 and 2023 wouldn’t be better. But 2024? With the players Seattle currently has and with a quarterback who is somewhat decent, Seattle could build its offensive and defensive lines and be even better than they are now in a few years.
Oh. But wait. I just remembered how well John Schneider chooses players in the first rounds of NFL drafts. OK. Maybe I take everything back. Keep Russell Wilson. He will continue to be pummeled every year by a not-great offensive line and then in 5-7 years, the Seahawks will be bad. 12s can live with that, right?