Wilson to stay with the Seahawks
I have already highlighted that the Seahawks have forty-plus free agents as of the end of the 2021 season. Some sort of rejigging of the roster is going to happen anyhow, as the Seahawks are unlikely to want or be able to bring all of these back. Particularly as this will trigger the franchise to make a decision on Wilson’s longer-term future. His current contract expires at the end of the 2023 season.
So when considering any sort of rebuild, the Wilson question will be the first to answer for the Seahawks. I believe Wilson could be offered an extension that will take him into his 40th year in 2028 at the end of the 2022 season.
In order to convince him that Seattle is the best place to be, he will be included in all decisions regarding the rebuild and made to feel an integral part of everything that happens. That may even include his involvement in the selection of Pete Carroll’s successor in the event that Carroll decides to retire or the Seahawks decide to move on from Carroll.
In the event of any or all of the above coming to pass, the decision will then be in Wilson’s hands and again he will need to look at where else would value him so highly and give him such a role in the franchise’s success or failure.
For me, there are only four or five franchises that could be seen to improve Wilson’s chance of success in the remainder of his career. They are probably the Patriots, Packers, Chiefs, Colts, Ravens and Saints.
It is not the style of the Packers, Patriots and Chiefs to make a blockbuster trade mortgaging their future on one guy, and as long as Rodgers and Mahomes remain in situ the Chiefs and Packers do not need a QB.
The same can be said of Jackson in Baltimore. Leaving the Colts and Saints as the only options available. If they make the playoffs in 2021 why would they feel the need to upgrade at QB.
The Bears were the center of much of the trade speculation this off-season but I cannot see how they present Wilson with a greater chance of success than the Seahawks in the next three to five seasons.
Other teams mentioned were the Cowboys, Raiders and Saints. Why is Dallas going to ditch Dak Prescott though? The Raiders fall into the same category as the Bears and the Saints may not have the salary cap room to fit Wilson into their plans even if Winston or Hill do not take them to the playoffs in 2021.
All this leads to me to only one conclusion, Wilson agreed to an extension with the Seahawks at the end of the 2021 season that effectively takes him to the end of his NFL career.