Trade rumors about Russell Wilson are not going anywhere. Fear them, run from them – they will all arrive the same. Some of you won’t even read the article before you accuse me of clickbait temptation and dramatization. It happens when someone has “the nerve” to cover a story that includes Russell Wilson’s disappointment with the Seahawks. But here’s the thing with writing articles like this in the face of intense scrutiny: I don’t care.
This is a true story because Wilson, through his agent, Mark Rodgers, made it one. It seems Wilson’s camp wants to talk about this; And if you don’t ask yourself why, you are actually deceiving yourself.
So why wouldn’t Wilson just want to push this novel, but effectively add fuel to the fire when he himself could stop it with one simple phrase? His comment on winning “more Super Bowls” in Seattle doesn’t count either, considering he was followed by a warning of “hopeful” that might be the case. Either he wants more attention or he wants the Seahawks to trade it in without specifically asking for a deal.
So why not openly ask to trade? Ask yourself this question: Did Wilson do anything at all knowing that it could harm his personal brand? number.
There’s nothing wrong with Wilson looking for himself temporarily or for the long-term – let’s be clear about that. But there’s also nothing wrong with questioning Wilson’s long-term motives and desires in Seattle. Over the past season and a half, Wilson has been pretty modest with some great performances and stench littered the mix. But by and large, Wilson was average during this stretch. You can blame it all you want, but the simple truth is: He hasn’t played to the level that a franchise-owned quarterback would expect to reach in nearly two full seasons.
We can argue whether or not the Seahawks held off the end of the deal, but we can’t, in all fairness, assume that Wilson did either. Something is not working. But let me say one final thing here: I don’t think Russell Wilson will be traded out of the season.
He can throw gasoline on a fire and fan the flames with vague answers to questions about which he can make definitive statements. He may still publicly claim better production from his offensive line, even if it means throwing his teammates down in the process. He almost certainly wanted more guns.
But Pete Carroll still wants Wilson in the quarterback and so he probably will. However, just because something is unlikely to happen, that doesn’t mean it can’t. So here are the three commercial packages for the star quarterback in Seattle that I’m sure would make everyone happy.
The Seahawks take 2022 picks #15, 19, 51 and QB Gardner Minshew from the Eagles for QB Russell Wilson
The Eagles are in an excellent position for an earnest tour of Wilson, who might waive the no-trade clause to head east to Philadelphia. The Eagles have three first-round picks this year (outlined on picks #15, 16 and 19), they have a solid core already built and a pair of interesting quarterbacks the Seahawks might see as a quality placeholder as they search for their next man.
Minshew’s accuracy and sudden movement fit the scheme of Carroll and offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, but they might fall in love with Hurts’ sport and demand it instead. With a good Wilson, the Eagles could instantly jump to the top of the NFC East while retaining a mid-round pick and another lane to trade and cash in in the process. Wilson likely doesn’t like guns at Philly, but both Dallas Guedert and DeVonta Smith have an upside, as do their offensive line and league best game in 2021.
The Seahawks grabbed the 2022 Class 4, 38 and 2023 picks in the first round and QB Zach Wilson of the Jets for QB Russell Wilson
If Wilson is coming off a better season, asking about the Jets’ first-round picks wouldn’t be out of the question. In fact, Seattle may demand that both withdraw from such a deal. But in that proposal, the Seahawks would land in the top five and an early second-round pick, as well as next year’s first-round pick. Zach Wilson is an interesting name newly launched from a newbie up and down campaign. He certainly has some playmaking capabilities as a quarterback, but he has a long way to go to rise to the No. 2 slot from the previous year. Still, he is talented and has a potential quarterback franchise.
Wilson would love the spotlight in New York and the chance to save a geek franchise like The Jets would do great things to his legacy – something Wilson became fascinated with securing. The Gates’ younger offensive core made up of recipients Corey Davis and Elijah Moore, along with returning Michael Carter, represents a good start for Wilson and coach Robert Saleh, who knows the veteran passer’s skill set well.
The Seahawks acquired QB Justin Fields and LB Roquan Smith, 2022 pick number 39, and 2023 first-round pick of the Bears for QB Russell Wilson
I’ve often wondered what a player-led trade package might look like for Wilson; And the Bears, having replaced their first manager in 2022 and more at Fields, could be the prime candidates for such a scenario. Fields, like Zach Wilson, had a novice up and down drive, but it provides the sport and strong arm that Carroll is accustomed to. Smith essentially became a replacement for Bobby Wagner, strengthening the centre-back’s core as Jordan Brooks moved forward.
The Bears are the team that has reportedly followed Wilson aggressively in the latest season and was on Wilson’s list of four teams he had agreed to trade with. Rumor has it that General Manager John Schneider had a deal he loved with Wilson this time last year, but Carroll turned it down. Although these rumors have never been confirmed or denied, they do exist and make it difficult to ignore the connection.