Wednesday, January 19

Russell Wilson trade rumors: Seahawks QB has three preferred destinations if traded, report says

The Seahawks (4-8) have stumbled a lot during the 2021 NFL season and are on track to finish the season with their worst record in Pete Carroll’s 12 seasons in charge of the team. That’s part of the reason Seattle will consider significant changes to its core during the 2022 NFL offseason.

Carroll, who is the oldest coach in the NFL at 70, has come under fire of late. The Seahawks may consider replacing him if he can’t deliver a surprising playoff spot down the stretch.

Then there is Russell Wilson. Some tensions arose between him with the Seahawks last year that led to rumors that the veteran quarterback could be traded. And it seems that we could be in another low season of those.

In fact, rumors are already beginning to buzz with news about potential business partners for Wilson. Who could they be? Here’s the latest on where Wilson could go if the Seahawks choose not to bring him back next season.

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Russell Wilson trade rumors: where he would like to play the quarterback in 2022

If Wilson has his way, there are three teams that stand out as the best options for him. NFL podcaster Jordan Schultz reports that Wilson “would seriously consider” giving up his no-trade to join the Broncos, Saints or Giants.

Interestingly, only one of these teams is the same as the four-team roster that Wilson and his agent discussed last offseason. It would be the saints. None of the Cowboys, Raiders or Bears made the cut this time, and it’s likely because those teams have an established quarterback or recent first-round quarterback pick on the roster.

But the three teams Schultz mentioned don’t have an answer at quarterback. As such, Wilson would be a good fit for those offenses. This is exactly what you would need to work on with each of the three teams.

Denver Broncos

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The Broncos may be the best option Schultz mentioned. They are currently 6-6 and have a loaded list; they just happen to be weak at the quarterback job.

Teddy Bridgewater has been good for the Broncos, but he hasn’t made enough explosive plays to win some of his close losses this season. Drew Lock also doesn’t look like anything more than a career endorsement right now. So adding a quality quarterback to distribute the ball to their guns would go a long way for Denver.

Adding Wilson would give the Broncos a legitimate threat at the quarterback position and take their excellent corps of receivers of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, KJ Hamler, Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam to the next level. The Broncos would have one of the best offenses in the AFC if they acquired Wilson and could focus on adding talent to their other weakness, linebacker, with their other resources.

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New Orleans Saints

The Saints are officially in the post-Drew Brees era and the quarterback room is a bit of a mess. Jameis Winston won the starting job out of camp, but suffered a torn ACL midway through the season. Trevor Siemian and Taysom Hill have started in recent weeks and that has sparked a five-game losing streak.

New Orleans could choose to launch the Winston / Hill combination again in 2022, but if a player like Wilson is in the market, the team can come after him. It would certainly be an improvement for the Saints, and their error-free approach to offense could pass Sean Payton.

As for Wilson, playing for the Saints would give him his first opportunity to play a high-level offensive line during his career. Seattle’s lockout was a source of frustration for Wilson during the 2021 offseason and the Seahawks worked to fix it by trading for Gabe Jackson. However, he’s still been mediocre at best, so the Saints would provide an upgrade.

Wilson would have more time to throw in his pocket thanks to the Saints’ great blocking unit. And even though he wouldn’t have the same one-to-two hit at the receiver that he had in Seattle, he would still have the opportunity to work with Michael Thomas and a group of solid role players like Deonte Harris, Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez. Callaway.

New York Giants

The Giants are an interesting fit for Wilson. Obviously, they need a quarterback, but in a way, they are like the Seahawks. They have a lower level offensive line and some nice looking weapons for catching passes. However, unlike the Seahawks’ weapons, Kadarius Toney, Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard have not shown they can stay healthy.

Still, if the Giants acquired Wilson, stayed healthy and headed for their O-Line, they’d have a pretty solid offense to go along with an underrated defense that’s strong on the defensive line and in the secondary. They also play in one of the weakest divisions in the NFL, so that drop in competition could help Wilson as he looks to win the second Super Bowl of his career.

It’s also worth noting that the Giants have Chicago’s first-round pick in addition to their own this season, and both are projected to be in the top 10. As such, the Giants have the ammunition necessary to trade for him. The other preferred options Schultz reported don’t have the same kind of flexibility.

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Why would the Seahawks trade Russell Wilson?

This comes down to one thing. Capital project. The Seahawks have very little, but they are getting closer to rebuilding. If they decide to embrace the future, leaving the 33-year-old Wilson would be a sensible decision.

This is also a year during which many teams could have multiple early first-round picks. The Giants and Jets are on a crash course for two top-10 picks, while the Eagles could eventually join them, depending on how the rest of the season goes. That could create a form of bidding for Wilson and provide the Seahawks with some resources with which to rebuild their team.

Creating a bidding war may not be easy. Wilson has a no-trade clause, so he would have to pre-approve any move. That will limit the pool of potential business partners for the Seahawks. But still, they could get substantial resources in exchange for Wilson.

Seattle lacks its first-round pick in 2021 due to the Jamal Adams trade, a deal that is looking worse and worse as time goes on. Suffice it to say, trading Wilson would give them at least one first-round pick for this season, and if they make a trade like that, it would all be about the picks.

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