Another route the Seattle Seahawks could take in moving off Russell Wilson would be trading him for a combination of picks and players, then signing a veteran quarterback in free agency to a team-friendly deal. Potential deals with the Steelers or Giants where they could get youth on defense and picks in upcoming drafts.
Jameis Winston would be one of those quarterbacks that wouldn’t require backing up a brinks truck. He is looking to get his career back on track and Seattle might be a preferred destination for him.
While he is known for being turnover prone, Winston is able to push the ball down the field. A primary factor of this Seattle Seahawks offense. If Seattle decides to retain Rashaad Penny and he stays healthy, he and Chris Carson will be one of the best combos in the league.
That would alleviate some of the pressure off Winston and allow him to play more freely. During his tenure in Tampa Bay, it felt as if he was trying to win the game on every throw he made. Thus, resulting in him being the cause of numerous turnovers.
In New Orleans, we have seen a more patient Jameis. Despite the fact that he still throws interceptions, he has shown improvement. There are numerous other quarterbacks who could be signed to a team-friendly deal. Players such as Teddy Bridgewater, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Nick Foles. Out of that bunch, I personally think Winston gives Seattle the best chance. Bridgewater wouldn’t be a bad fit, but he is very reliant on the underneath passes.
I know many do not like this idea of bringing in Winston. But, ask yourself, what can’t Winston do? Outside of some maturity issues, his football skills are really solid. The Seahawks organization has been known to take risks on players with off-field issues. The culture they have set in place has allowed players to grow and reach their full potential.
I don’t think Winston would make Seattle Super Bowl contenders, but there aren’t many quarterbacks who are available that would. The truth is, if Wilson does indeed want out, the Seahawks are going to have to find a way to remain afloat because this draft class isn’t filled with star-studded quarterback talent.