Jim Moore proposes trading Russell Wilson for Aaron Rodgers

Jim More

Jim More

You know what kills me from a sports writer’s point of view? When someone comments that a story is “click-bait”, it is only designed to get clicks and page views and lacks substance or merit of any kind, making it a waste of the reader’s time.

I remember my days working in newspapers at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before clicks were a thing. If I remember well, I’ve been trying to write stories for people to read. Isn’t that the point?

I never wanted to waste anyone’s time. I tried writing stories or columns that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. Sometimes I hit home with this approach. Many times I swayed and missed and went back to the bunker wondering why I wrote that clunker.

There are limits to this approach, and I understand that. You don’t want to become a full-fledged “dwarf” of far-fetched stories, not to be taken seriously.

With that, I’ll suggest something the Seahawks should consider if they really want to turn things around: swapping Russell Wilson for Aaron Rodgers.

Before you think “Man, I shouldn’t have clicked that link,” think about it again. Then think about the third and fourth.

We learned last week through a report for the NFL Network that Wilson is “exploring his options,” whatever that means. It looks like this will be a short exploration as he really only has one option as he is under contract with the Seahawks over the next two years.

The team has more options than he does. The Seahawks can keep him and hope in 2022 he plays as he did in the last game of the season against Arizona when he looked like old Wilson instead of old Wilson, which we’ve seen more in the past year and a half. Or the Seahawks could trade it in hopes that he would agree to waive the no-trade clause.

I support trading it for many reasons. The Seahawks haven’t even smelled a conference championship game, let alone the Super Bowl of the past seven seasons. What makes anyone think he’ll get there with the aging Wilson, who is still on many top 10 midfield lists, but no longer in the top 5 after the 2021 season on average?

I don’t want to trade 29-year-old Wilson in the middle of his fame. But now he’s 33 and as he continues to lose his mobility, he won’t be as successful as he once was. Sure, we’ll get glimpses of the sexy Ross, but he’ll lack consistency from his past. Think about it, the same guy who routinely mustered the Seahawks for wins in the fourth quarter hasn’t engineered that comeback this year.

And for those who firmly believe it’s more to do with his finger injury than Ross’s fading, I’d argue he wasn’t a standout person in the last eight games of 2020 and didn’t fully shine in the first five games of 2021 before he got injured.

Trading Wilson is certainly a gamble. It could backfire big, especially if General Manager John Schneider trades him for three first-round draft picks, say for Philadelphia. The Eagles have 15, 16 and 19 picks overall, and knowing Schneider, he’s turned those three picks into seven or eight, trading and accumulating a quantity that will set the Seahawks to compete in 2023 or 2024.

But he has to find a midfield player to start, and guaranteed, whoever he is, the new guy will be inferior to Wilson, we all know that.

If I were Schneider, I would be wondering if Wilson would ever get his form back, and if I don’t think he would, I need to swap him now because next year I’ll only have two first-round deals in and maybe just one, delayed rebuilding.

Trade for Rodgers is the best solution for Seahawks and Packers. I’m not 100 per cent sure about that, but Rodgers sure wants out of Green Bay and said he’ll make up his mind after the season is over. Saturday’s disappointing Packers loss to San Francisco may lead to a quicker decision than Rodgers.

I’m going to guess if the deal will be a straight trade off or if the Seahawks will have to settle the deal by picking another draft or player. Heck, you’d probably say the Packers should throw something else in because Rodgers is 38 and seems to have had two or three productive years in his career at best.

But who knows about that? Rodgers could be the next Tom Brady and excel in his 40s. He could also fade like Ben Roethlisberger did this year at age 39. And again, the same goes for Wilson.

In the past two years, Rodgers has completed 70 percent of his passes with 85 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Unlike Wilson, there was no sign of backing down whatsoever.

The Rodgers trade would also make sense for Pete Carroll, who will turn 71 shortly after the start of the 2022 season, and Welschneider, whose seat wasn’t as hot, despite the overheating. Neither of them would be more inclined to go the Russell-for-three-round-rounders route as it pushes Super Bowl hopes back.

As for Wilson waiving the no-trade clause to go to Green Bay, I think he would. He starred in Wisconsin and I think Cheese would love to see him come back. In Seattle, I think the 12 would enjoy rooting for 12th.

If Schneider is exploring his own options, I hope he says you should play it safe and trade Wilson to Rodgers for a great deal that would give the Seahawks a more legitimate chance at the Super Bowl once again.

Jim Moore has covered the Washington sports scene from every angle for multiple news outlets. You can find him on Twittercougsgo, and on 950 KJR-AM, where he co-hosts a sports talk show from 10am-1pm on weekdays.

This story was originally published January 23, 2022 11:36 am.


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