According to a report, quarterback Russell Wilson‘s people have approached the Seattle Seahawks with possible trade destinations. First of all, let’s hope this story goes away soon and most of this is just offseason rumor. But the fact the story is not disappearing is not a good thing.
According to reporters Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando and Jayson Jenks, Russell Wilson’s agency team have given Seattle at four teams for which Wilson might be open to being traded. What would these new teams offer Wilson and what could they give the Seahawks for Wilson?
Here are the four teams so far mentioned in a trade for Russell Wilson
The Miami Dolphins
What could Miami give the Seahawks?: Reportedly Seattle wants at least three first round picks in exchange for Wilson. Miami has three first round picks in the next two years plus would likely be willing to part with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. That would be a massive haul for Seattle and the Dolphins are an improving team and getting Wilson might put them in Super Bowl contention.
What would it mean for Russell Wilson?: First of all, Wilson would be going to team with a solid foundation for several years to come. He wouldn’t be going to a team with no chance of winning. Heck, Miami in two years might be a better team than the Seahawks are. Plus, Miami is great for entertainers and I don’t think the Ciara factor can be ruled out of any trade possibility scenario.
Wilson’s wife, Ciara, is talented herself and Miami would be a good fit for her and the whole family.
The New York Jets
What could the Jets give the Seahawks?: New York is one better than Miami as they have four first round picks in the next two years. Would they be willing to trade all of them to Seattle? Seattle would also likely get Sam Darnold back in return but I am not sure that’s a good thing.
What would it mean for Russell Wilson?: If the Jets were somehow able to become a winner with Wilson at quarterback, Wilson would be beloved in New York for the rest of his life. That’s good business for Wilson and Ciara.
The New Orleans Saints
What could the Saints give the Seahawks?: New Orleans doesn’t have as many first round picks as the Jets or Dolphins and the first round picks they have will likely be lower in the draft so not as good for Seattle. New Orleans is over the salary cap in 2021, though, and might be willing to part ways with some good players, like cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
What would it mean for Russell Wilson?: New Orleans is a winner. For Wilson to go to a team like New Orleans makes the Saints even better in 2021 than they would be with Drew Brees. Wilson could win a Super Bowl with the Saints.
The Las Vegas Raiders
What could the Saints give the Seahawks?: This seems like the least likely place for the Seahawks to trade Wilson. Las Vegas, like the Saints, has only a first round pick in the next two years. Plus, Seattle would probably need to get Derek Carr in exchange and he is no Russell Wilson.
What would it mean for Russell Wilson?: Jon Gruden and entertainment capital of the world but not a Super Bowl. The Raiders play in the same division as the Chiefs.
So, for anyone reading this who only sees the headline the assumption might be that I think Russell Wilson will or should be traded. I don’t. Ask me again after 2021 if Seattle doesn’t make the playoffs or is an early out once again and I will probably give you a different answer. But the reports are what they are and Wilson-being-traded rumors aren’t going away.