Trade 5: Cleveland Browns
This is the only team that wasn’t on Russell Wilson’s dream destinations list. However, what if a pitch came together that painted Wilson winning a championship so clearly that he couldn’t turn it down.
I mean really, is it that far off? If you removed Cleveland Browns from the name and simply looked at their roster it’s built to accentuate Wilson’s strengths. One of the best offensive lines, if not the best in the NFL. The top running back duo in the league. A top-tier defense. Enough money to sign a top-tier receiver in free agency like Devante Adams.
What a potential trade could look like for the Seahawks:
- 2022: 1st round pick (pick 13)
- 2023: 1st and 3rd round picks
- QB Baker Mayfield
- QB Russell Wilson
- 2023: 5th round pick
Baker Mayfield has not shown to be an All-Star level talent. However, he has shown to be more than serviceable. Exactly what Pete Carroll needs from his quarterback. Next season is Mayfield’s final under contract. A try-out more or less in Seattle’s offense.
If he receives an extension it should be the mid-range area for quarterbacks right around $30-$33 million APY. That is a healthy enough number that the team has a solid starter but not expensive enough that it will cripple the team. This trade offers the most upside of any of the quarterbacks received back in the previously mentioned trades.
If a Russell Wilson makes it clear he isn’t coming back and the organization decides they are not rebuilding (keep both Pete Carroll and John Schneider), this trade keeps Seattle relevant. The team will simply need to make the most out of those picks if this is going to be viewed as a win a few years down the line
Seahawks: I will let you decide