Rumor emerges of Russell Wilson eventually joining the Giants

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Yes, it’s the offseason. And the offseason is a time for speculation, hypothesizing, and rumor-mongering.

Colin Cowherd cranked up a doozy on Wednesday, passing along word from the “entertainment agent world” grapevine that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson could end up playing for the New York Giants. As the rumor goes, Wilson’s wife — Ciara — prefers to live in New York, because Seattle is not an “entertainment Mecca.”

Assuming that this is enough to get Wilson to change teams, that he’d want to play for the Giants, and that the Giants would want him, it’s something that he could force, sooner or later.

PFT explained last year when reporting that Wilson wasn’t inclined in the aftermath of a flurry of quarterback deals to sign an extension but instead to play things out on a year-to-year basis, Kirk Cousins-style. Because he has a cap number of $25.286 million in 2019, his franchise tag in 2020 would land at $30.34 million. In 2021, it would spike to $36.41 million. For 2022, the 44-percent rule would push the number all the way to $52.43 million.

If Wilson is willing to bear the year-to-year injury risk and able to say no to any and all long-term offers the Seahawks make, he eventually will force the Seahawks into some very tough decisions. If they pay $30.34 million for 2020, will they pay $36.41 million for 2021? Will they pay $52.43 million for 2022?

At some point, they’d surely decline to be held hostage by the ever-increasing cash and cap commitment, giving Wilson freedom to move on (or possibly tagging and trading him). Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Giants would be the team to pay Wilson maximum value on the open market; other teams surely would be interested, and other teams may be more inclined to make a massive investment in an undersized quarterback. Remember the recent story about the Giants not being interested in Kyler Murray because he isn’t one? That same theory could apply to Wilson.

Still, there’s a path for Wilson to force his way out of Seattle, whether it’s to New York or anywhere else. With Kirk Cousins providing the blueprint for quarterbacks a year ago, a true franchise quarterback (sorry, Kirk) may be inclined to dramatically widen the trail that Cousins blazed.

And Wilson could be the one to do it.

60 responses to “Rumor emerges of Russell Wilson eventually joining the Giants

  1. That would be a good move for Russ. Love the Hawks and love Russ but he’s an all-time great being contained by Carroll’s system and a small market in Seattle. Put him on Broadway and you’ve got an EPIC story developing!

  2. Oh, please. Wilson isnt going anywhere. Wilson loves Seattle and has established that team. Even if he did want to leave, Seattle would franchise tag him to no end. I’m a Niners fan, but come on now, Wilson would never leave Seattle.

  3. This is honestly moronic, no way the Hawks would ever let go of Russ, he’s probably not a top 5 QB but damn close and once Brees and Brady finally retire, he’ll be near the top.

  4. Other than the fact that they are the Jets, why not the Jets? They play in New York too. Yeah they have a young QB who they hope will be their franchise guy. But so will the Giants, if things play out like most people think.

  5. If that’s what he desires, who am to tell a man how to live his life.

    We love Russ here in the PNW and I as a fan hope he wants and stays here.

  6. The X Factor when referencing the way it played out with Cousins is the ineptitude of Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen. Most teams are fortunate not to have two first class idiots like that running their circus and therefore won’t fall into a Cousins-like trap.

  7. If we look back at the past few Super Bowl winners, none of them has the highest paid quarterback in the league when they won it. Football is a team game with a salary cap. The more one player makes, the smaller the pie for the rest of the team. Even Brady needs a strong D to win the Lombardi trophy. If Seattle keeps tagging Wilson, they will keep exiting the playoffs early, if they make the playoffs at all.

  8. By the way, Wilson ranked 25th in the league in passing yards for 2018. His team ended up 10-6 (for comparison, Derek Carr guided the Raiders to a 12-4 record a few years back). Does that make Wilson one of the best quarterbacks in the league, deserving of the franchise tag? That is a question that Penny Pinching Mode will have to answer.

  9. DangerRuss has proven he’s an NFL, SB-caliber QB already
    He’s won a SB & came 1 play shy of another SB victory
    Kyle Murray has yet to prove he can even play top-notch in the NFL yet

    HUGE difference & no comparison can be made until we see if Murray can produce at this level

  10. make sure you get an all time great d then, without that you dont win with Wilson. thats been shown the last few years

  11. Face it. Ciara and Wilson’s primetime talents have a shelf-life.
    Seahawks need to dump him and move on.
    Both sides win.

  12. Interesting question, what could the Seahawks get for him in a trade?

    If Wilson doesn’t want to sign a long-term deal for ~$25M a season I think a trade is an interesting option.

  13. patbutler87 says:
    February 20, 2019 at 7:42 pm
    This is honestly moronic, no way the Hawks would ever let go of Russ, he’s probably not a top 5 QB but damn close and once Brees and Brady finally retire, he’ll be near the top.
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    Russ has been the best QB in the league for a couple years now. If there’s anyone in the league now that has done more with less than he has, please let me know.

  14. dfwhawkguy says:
    February 20, 2019 at 7:33 pm
    That would be a good move for Russ. Love the Hawks and love Russ but he’s an all-time great being contained by Carroll’s system and a small market in Seattle. Put him on Broadway and you’ve got an EPIC story developing!
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    He can thank “Carroll’s system” for getting him his one and only ring. He got drafted into a perfect roster for him to win early.

  15. Its sad that once the star players for Seattle got paid between 2014 and 2016, the chance at a dynasty went with it. Wilson’s making money but his offseasons are longer and you wonder if he would be better off somewhere else. If only Lockette would have made a better effort for that slant pass in the endzone…

  16. omeimontis says:
    February 20, 2019 at 8:27 pm
    By the way, Wilson ranked 25th in the league in passing yards for 2018. His team ended up 10-6 (for comparison, Derek Carr guided the Raiders to a 12-4 record a few years back). Does that make Wilson one of the best quarterbacks in the league, deserving of the franchise tag? That is a question that Penny Pinching Mode will have to answer.

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    I guess those who read headlines don’t read stories. Do you realize he also started working with a new OC in Brian Schottenheimer? Or that the offense was adjusting to a suddenly robust running game? Or that the O-Line is still terrible? Or that what Carr did is like comparing apples to a T-Bone? Or that rankings are fun but really don’t say much. Scheme is just as important as talent. Or that on offense there are 11 players? Or that they went to the playoffs when a lot of people picked them to be 4-12?

    And I am not even a Seahawks fan.

  17. Can’t blame him for not wanting to play for the team that thinks Bevell and Martyball 2.0 are valid offenses in today’s NFL. Draw play on 3rd and 7 while losing in the fourth quarter of a playoff game? Free agency cannot come soon enough.

  18. This is all based on agents blowing hot air out of their you-know-whats. But there is one real reason Russell might want to leave the Hawks. He wants to go down as one of the all-time greats, but that might be hard to achieve on a team that only wants to throw 18-20 times a game.

  19. Multi millionaire professional athletes do not need to actually live full time in the city they play for. Half the Patriots live in LA. I see them at the clubs and fancy restaurants ALL the time especially in the off season, which is 66% of the year. Maybe it’s weird if the QB doesn’t but Russell Wilson needing to move to NYC so Ciara can pursue her “career”? I think they can afford to fly her 8 times a year to Seattle for the home games from wherever she wants to live to pursue whatever it is in entertainment she even does. It’s so ludricuos.

  20. Wilson already peaked. He was only good when the Legion of Boom was together. He’s been trash since throwing away the SB to Malcolm X Butler

  21. It’s very hard to built a Superbowl team when you have a Quaterback that isn’t willing to leave a little meat on the Bone.If the Seahawks do trade Russel Wilson it would be a very Risky move because how hard it is to find a Quarterback in the Draft but if they do have a plan and find someone.They can build the Legion of Boom again while there Quarterback is in his rookie contract and before I get a thumbs down on my comment top 6 highest paid Quarterbacks this year missed the playoffs

  22. maybe it was the long drive on H3-H1 to get to Pearl Harbor when I was stationed there from 2006-2014. Maybe it was the fact I actually liked Cowherd, or the fact he nailed Urban retiring and was subjective to my patriots deflated ball non story drama fest. I am not saying it will happen, but Seattle OFFERRED a 2nd rounder for our former backup Jacoby Brissett last summer. Maybe a Wilson for OBJ straight up deal? I am just sayin.

  23. By the way, Wilson ranked 25th in the league in passing yards for 2018.

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    Sure. Leave out the fact that he also had the third most passing TDs in the league (35). Combine that with the low passing yards and that actually makes him MORE valuable than most QBs. When he does throw, he does it just as well as anyone.

  24. rabbi187 says:
    February 21, 2019 at 8:59 am

    LaLa forced Camelo to leave Denver to go to the Knicks and looked at how well that turned out? Haha

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    Carmelo made a lot of money, so it worked out well.

  25. By the way, Wilson ranked 25th in the league in passing yards for 2018.
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    .675 win %
    2 Super Bowls, only 2 active QBs have been to more
    2nd highest rated passer all-time

    Keep at it though….

  26. The Giants already look bad for stealing Eli Manning from a smaller market franchise. Do the Giants really want to foster the notion that the biggest market should get first crack at the highest talent?

  27. George Paras says: “It’s very hard to built a Superbowl team when you have a Quaterback that isn’t willing to leave a little meat on the Bone.”
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    Why is it always only the QB that has to take a “less-than-market-value” contract to make the team better? Shouldn’t EVERY player take less for the team? Why do guys like Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Von Miller, Taylor Lewan, Josh Norman get $15m+ contracts and no complaints that it hurts their team competitively?

  28. Seattle will trade Russell before they let him walk in free agency. His current price will be about $35 million a year for 5 years and probably around $130 million guaranteed, or a few million less with a 100% guaranteed contract. In a bidding war his price will approach $40 million a year along with $100 percent guaranteed, Jerry is probably the only one that will do that. Trade price would be something like 3 first rounders, 3 seconded rounders and 3 3rd or 4th rounders. It would be costly for any team to get him either by trade our out bidding him. I think Miami or LA would be a better entertainment spot for Ciara then NY.

  29. It really does not matter whether he plays in New York or Seattle. Neither team is going to reach the Super Bowl because of him. If Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees could not get into the Super Bowl lately because their teams have had bad defense, Wilson is not going to get his team into the Super Bowl without a good defense, since he is not as good as either Brees or Rodgers.

  30. I’ve been a Northern CA Seahawk fan for life….since the beginning. However…I would LOVE to see what Wilson could do on a team with a real offensive mind. Right now…it’s like owning a Porsche and having it governed to a max of 60 mph.

  31. I’d love to see Wilson AND Carroll both go! Neither has been any good for 5 years. Time to rebuild the team from the top of the organization down. And who will own the Hawks after the family sells it? Starting over from the top down is good. Draft Kyler M, NOW!

  32. This is literally the dumbest conspiracy theory ever, and I’m (literally) a professional conspiracy theorist. Even at those figures, the APY for the Seahawks for the next 4 years would be $36.1 million, which is pretty much what you’d have to give him in an extension. Yes, it would total $144.4 million total and be all guaranteed, but that’s a year to year guarantee. They can cut him anywhere along the way and not take a cap hit at all. Also, in actual expenditures, it only comes out to $127.466 million ($31.866 million APY) because of signing bonus proration from the last year of his current deal. So it basically amounts to a 4-year deal for about $10 million more total than Rodgers’ current deal with a lower APY and year-to year guarantee which can be dumped at any time with a huge salary cap break.

    Sign me up. That’s a great deal for the Seahawks.

  33. omeimontis says:
    It really does not matter whether he plays in New York or Seattle. Neither team is going to reach the Super Bowl because of him. If Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees could not get into the Super Bowl lately because their teams have had bad defense, Wilson is not going to get his team into the Super Bowl without a good defense, since he is not as good as either Brees or Rodgers.
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    The Seahawks finished 11th in defense after a total rebuild, and won’t lose starters. Also, the stats show Wilson is better than either Rodgers or Brees. Have a nice season and start studying those 2020 top 10 draft picks.

  34. I can’t believe no one has said anything about that guy saying the price for Wilson would be 9 drafts pics. That has got to be the dumbest comment I have ever seen.

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