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After what has been over a month of possible turmoil between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, it seems like things have finally boiled over with the Adam Schefter report that “Russell Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle but if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, and Bears.”
Wilson would be bring $39M of Dead Cap to the Seahawks (-$7M in savings) in 2021 which would be an astronomical amount for their Franchise Quarter back. With that being said, here are 4 trades involving those teams in order from best to worst:
- Seattle Seahawks trade Russell Wilson to the Dallas Cowboys for the 10th & 44th overall picks in 2021, 2022 1st-Round Pick, 2023 1st Round Pick, & QB Dak Prescott (via tag & trade).
This is easily the best offer that would be on the table for Seattle in exchange for Wilson. The 10th overall pick allows you to do a lot and not to mention the 44th pick and 2 future 1sts. Seattle also wouldn’t have to worry about drafting a Quarterback to replace Russ with Dak coming over via trade. Prescott is arguably a Top-10 Quarterback in the NFL so as long as the Seahawks do what they should’ve done with Russ and address the Offensive Line, they can still be a contender in 2021 and beyond. For Dallas, you get a Top-5 Quarterback you have been wanting for a very long time with some elite Wide Receiver play. What worries me with this is that it’s a very similar situation as the one currently in Seattle. Offensive Line is depleted and the defense is much worse than Seattle’s. It’ll be interesting to see what Dallas does to address those problems this off-season.
- Seattle Seahawks trade Russell Wilson to the Las Vegas Raiders for the 17th & 49th overall picks in 2021, 2022 1st-Round Pick, 2023 1st-Round Pick, & QB Derek Carr.
Trading for Russell Wilson is going to be a very steep price and quite similar to the asking price for Deshaun Watson. Wilson is a Super-Bowl champion, multiple time Pro-Bowler, and is easily a Top 5 Quarterback in the league. If Seattle is going to part ways with Russ, it’s going to require them to get back not only draft capital but a QB capable to keep things afloat for the time being and either another draft pick or a young player. As for the Raiders, they have a really nice run game along with a really good Offensive Line. Henry Ruggs is a perfect deep-ball threat for Russ to air it out to and the Raiders defense has some pieces to work with.
- Seattle Seahawks trade Russell Wilson to the New Orleans Saints for the 28th & 60th picks in 2021, 2022 1st-Round Pick, 2023 1st-Round Pick, QB Taysom Hill, & CB Marshon Lattimore.
The Saints have the worst cap situation I have ever seen. Drew Brees is set to retire and they have Taysom Hill on the books for $16M and need to somehow not only make cap-space for a Russell Wilson trade, but they need to also make cap-space so they can at least make some depth signings as well. New Orleans has a plethora of weapons from Michael Thomas to Alvin Kamara to Tre’Quan Smith and so forth; not to mention a really good Offensive Line. On the defensive side of the ball, they have a lot of really good pieces although they are likely to lose Trey Hendrickson to free agency. In terms of an overall team, the Saints have the best of the four, but their draft capital doesn’t quite match-up as well as the first two offers.
- Seattle Seahawks trade Russell Wilson to the Chicago Bears for the 20th & 52nd overall picks in 2021, 2022 1st-Round, 2023 1st-Round Pick, QB Nick Foles, & RB David Montgomery.
Outside of the draft picks, this isn’t the most flattering offer for Wilson but this does give them 2 things other than draft capital: a bridge to your future QB and a replacement for Chris Carson who is a free-agent. Much like now with Seattle and the Cowboys, the Bears have a huge O-Line problem and not enough cap room. They’re also likely to lose Allen Robinson in free agency which would leave Russ without any weapons other than Tarik Cohen out of the backfield. For Chicago, they have had a stout defense for many years and does not seem to be letting up anytime soon so getting a Quarterback of this caliber would be a complete game-changer for them.
Trading Russell Wilson just does not make sense whatsoever for Seattle. He has given his blood, sweat and tears for this team since being drafted and has been a stand up individual off the field, including just being named the Walter Payton Man of the Year. The lack of Offensive-Line help after multiple chances to address that in both the draft and free-agency as well as not including Wilson on personnel decisions and asking for his input on various things, Seattle has slowly pushed Russell Wilson out the door and they may have finally closed it shut.