Finding the right team for Russell Wilson
Last offseason, Adam Schefter tweeted that Russell Wilson would entertain a trade that involved four teams: The Cowboys, the Bears, the Saints and the Raiders. Before I get into that, let me just say if I were Dak Prescott or Derek Carr I’d be pretty peeved at Wilson. They must feel OK now, though, knowing that both their teams made the playoffs in 2021 and Wilson’s did not.
Based on last offseason and what Schefter said, the Saints still make sense for both player and team. New Orleans has an entrenched head coach in Sean Payton and the team is just a step or two from being really good. One of those steps is acquiring a good quarterback. Wilson is a good quarterback.
Plus, Payton knows how to coach smaller quarterbacks as he was extremely successful with Drew Brees for 15 years in New Orleans. Wilson has trouble finding the passing lanes sometimes in Seattle? Boom! Immediately fixed with the Saints.
Before this year I would think that the Saints don’t have the draft capital to entice the Seahawks into a trade but now I am not so sure. Russell Wilson is coming off what is arguably his worst season and he will turn 34 years old during the 2022 season. Brees played until he was 42. Maybe Wilson can do that but assuming he can would be a mistake. NFL teams know this and therefore would likely Seattle less in a trade.
But who knows what the 2022 offseason brings and what Wilson and his agent Mark Rodgers see as possibilities. Maybe New York is an option with the Giants? They are decent offensively but their quarterback is terrible. Plus, Wilson and Ciara would be megastars in Gotham. What about Miami? Possibly just a quarterback away from a Super Bowl?
The Giants and Dolphins and Saints can all offer first round picks or more plus a good veteran or two for Wilson and have the cap space to pay him. At this point, Seattle should expect just one first round choice for Wilson and maybe some later-round choices. His age and recent injury history and lack of being great this season hurts what Seattle could get back in place of him.