Could the Las Vegas Raiders really swing a deal with the Seattle Seahawks for the seven-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Russell Wilson?
The Las Vegas Raiders overcoming a season full of hardship, tragedy, and scandal to advance the playoffs will go down in the NFL’s history books. Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that the Raiders were “one and done” with several questions and concerns heading into this offseason.
Amidst all of that, would trading for a Super Bowl champion signal-caller like Wilson be in the Raiders’ cards?
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Several media outlets ran with a story featuring a possible trade between the Raiders and the Seahawks. First off, this has been all talk among fans and media observers. There are no published reports regarding any deal being discussed or forthcoming. However, Wilson has stated that he’s interested in exploring his options in 2022.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll also chimed in recently on the Wilson situation, sort of.
“Whatever is there, we got to exhaust every opportunity for our club and right from the owner, she wants us to take a look at every single opportunity to better the franchise. That’s what we do. It’s going to take us some time to put it all together and we have a lot of difficult decisions to make this year. I love this team. We’ve got the nucleus of a championship right here and we’re going to try to keep that together.” – Carroll speaking on the Seahawks’ 2022 offseason
This isn’t Carroll’s first rodeo
Carroll didn’t mention Wilson directly but clearly, it appears they want to keep their team together but that doesn’t mean they’ll look at options. Last year, the Seahawks went through this with Wilson, after the quarterback expressed a desire to see what was out there for him. In the end, nothing happened. There’s a chance that will repeat itself again, right?
Well, it all depends on how serious Wilson is about playing elsewhere. Look, the Seahawks have been trending downward the last couple of seasons. They recently relieved Ken Norton Jr. of his duties as defensive coordinator. Carroll’s offense has also been in decline. The Seahawks were 17th in total offense in 2020. Last season, they were 20th. The passing offense has also seen some struggles, going from 16th in passing yards in 2020 to 23rd last year.
A side note that does require people to consider in all of this is, well, that would be Wilson’s wife, Ciara. The successful R & B singer could have a residency in Vegas one day. No doubt, a move from Seattle would require input from both people in that marriage. Maybe a change is in order?