Jack Del Rio: Don’t be surprised if there’s a Russell Wilson trade

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Quarterback Russell Wilson wants a new contract before April 15. If he doesn’t get one, Wilson very well could embark on a year-to-year approach under the franchise tag, with $30.34 million in 2020 becoming $36.4 million in 2021 becoming $52.43 million in 2022.

Appearing recently on NFL Network, former Jaguars and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio offered a fairly bold prediction regarding a third possible option.

“[D]on’t be surprised if before it’s all said and done when we line up for the season next year if Russell Wilson isn’t quarterbacking somewhere else and the Seahawks haven’t gone and gotten a quarterback they think for the future,” Del Rio said.

Wilson has given no indication that he wants a trade; appearing on The Tonight Show last month, he dismissed speculation of a trade to the Giants by saying the Seahawks likely wouldn’t let him get away. But what if the Seahawks decide neither to make Wilson the highest-paid player in football history nor to engage in the franchise-tag dance? The other alternative would be to find another quarterback, and to shop Wilson to a team that needs a quarterback — and that would be willing to pay huge money to Russell Wilson.

95 responses to “Jack Del Rio: Don’t be surprised if there’s a Russell Wilson trade

  1. why exactly does jack del rio deserve so much credibility? i watch a ton of football with my actual eyes, and i can say that i personally think the seahawks would have to be compleetely idiotic to get rid of russell wilson. a pro athlete of his caliber may become pricey? wow. stop the presses.

  2. He’ll probably beg to become a part of the greatest franchise in NFL HISTORY as a Cowboy. But who wouldn’t want to be a part of ‘Merica’s Team. We play the 3 WORST division losers in the Eggles, Giant and Racists, have the best stadium in the history of the league and the greatest owner in all of sports. It’s a no-brainer!

  3. You will know if he is on trading block. If he is not signed by Monday to an extension, trade is a possibility. Seahawks know now/will know by then if they are even sniffing the ballpark of what he wants.

  4. I don’t understand why humans/athletes have to not only have their egos fulfilled but they also demand so much money that the average guy – the person sitting in the stands, can’t relate too.

  5. If this were the NBA, teams would be falling over eachother trying to offer the Seahawks a boatload of picks. But….it’s the cheap NFL….where teams use the ‘but we have to pay him’ excuse to lowball on compensation.

  6. Hard to say. The way that roster is constructed, they aren’t every good without Wilson. But you could easily argue that they are constructed that way because of Wilson. Hard to ignore that Wilson got paid, then they had to start letting go of other pieces, and they’ve never been a real contender since. Bottom line, when you make that much money, you have to play even better since it’s obviously going to cost you other pieces. He hasn’t…and now he wants to get even more money

    They may be better off without him, in the long run. But they’ll have to be willing to be MUCH worse without him for a couple years before there is any chance that happens

  7. I think the possibility is there if the Seahawks management likes to think outside the box and is willing to take a risk. Between the Cousins example and the Brown and Bell fiascos, I think the NFL and its teams are looking to see how they can prevent these situations in the future. For the NFL, it’s got to be a big issue for the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. For the teams, it’s “how do we avoid these situations?” Given what happened with Cousins, one answer seems to be, “Get rid of the problem before it becomes a major one, even at the expense of having to find a good QB, WR, RB/WR, DE, etc.”

  8. Chucky has a bunch of really good picks and a fantastic situation for a guy like Wilson to flourish…..

  9. Jack Del Rio is credible to speak on this topic thanks to his connection to the Seahawks? I don’t know of a single one or hear of his name. Isnt he one of the only people that rank below Jeff Fisher in NFL Coaching. Yeah let’s listen to what he has got to say.

  10. Every thing and everyone is negotiable. Heck, so is Brady. You’re terribly naïve if you think otherwise.

  11. bleedredwhiteandblue66 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm
    I don’t understand why humans/athletes have to not only have their egos fulfilled but they also demand so much money that the average guy – the person sitting in the stands, can’t relate too

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    because average guys like you dont work out as much as him. because theres no intense spotlight or pressure on average guys like you. because a 3 billion franchise doesnt ride on your average arm. because average guys like you pay the cable company 12 a month just to broadcast local sports to your home (check your bill its true). and bc average guys like you spend 100 plus on tickets. and because he has a skill that an average guy doesnt have. if you hate it just leave, stop crying about it while you contribute.

  12. Ravens fan here and I just have to say Wilson does more with less than any QB in the NFL. They could get a huge haul if they trade him.

  13. Teams don’t trade franchise guys until they are too hurt to play (e.g. Manning). Wilson isn’t the best franchise quarterback, but he is one of them. They would be fools to trade him. If they do, I hope my team grabs him.

  14. Twice in two days, right? “Hi, I’m Jack Del Rio, I’m looking for work”

    His Agent busted him for never talking to the press, being in the conversation if he wanted another job

  15. bleedredwhiteandblue66 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm
    I don’t understand why humans/athletes have to not only have their egos fulfilled but they also demand so much money that the average guy – the person sitting in the stands, can’t r

    because average guys like you dont work out as much as him. because theres no intense spotlight or pressure on average guys like you. because a 3 billion franchise doesnt ride on your average arm. because average guys like you pay the cable company 12 a month just to broadcast local sports to your home (check your bill its true). and bc average guys like you spend 100 plus on tickets. and because he has a skill that an average guy doesnt have. if you hate it just leave, stop crying about it while you contribut

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    You’re the “average” guy.

  16. Coach Bill Parcels once said that once a quarterback goes Hollywood you can’t count on him anymore. Wilson proving it. Best for all to trade him to the Giants for 2 firsts and 2 seconds.

  17. dfwhawkguy you are an idiot. We have the worst owner in history who only won 3 championships due to Jimmy. We are the laughing stock of the NFL, we were America’s team before Jerrah.

    Get it right! It sucks being a Cowboys fan and it has since my VCR broke. I miss watching us win!

  18. I could see it if Wilson is really pushing that % of the cap deal. They likely don’t want to be the first team to break down that wall. I personally don’t think they should get % deals because it will just continue to elevate QB salaries while leaving other positions behind.

  19. Getting so sick of this “I gotta be the highest paid ” attitude. Especially when the player clearly isn’t the best. Ego is killing the league.

  20. There won’t be a trade. Russell Wilson is a top 10 QB in his prime. Seahawks GM John Schneider is not stupid and won’t risk destroying his legacy by trading a franchise QB. Seattle isn’t exactly a sexy free agent destination and without Wilson they would become Buffalo West. Make Wilson the highest paid QB, mostly because he’s earned it by going to 2 Super Bowls (winning one), being a good role model (which can’t be underestimated), and a great team player. Pay the man. Unlike most of the hacks at QB, Wilson has actually earned his payday.

  21. Everyone said OBJ wouldn’t get traded either. Because he’s “a franchise player”….

  22. Russell Wilson won a super bowl on a rookie contract for a third round draft pick. If John Schneider is as smart as we think he is, he can go out and find another QB. Isn’t that why GM’s are paid all that money?

  23. @ venomraider. he sure does but gruden would ruin wilson with his constant second guessing and micro management of his qbs.

  24. sumkat says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:30 pm
    Hard to say. The way that roster is constructed, they aren’t every good without Wilson. But you could easily argue that they are constructed that way because of Wilson. Hard to ignore that Wilson got paid, then they had to start letting go of other pieces, and they’ve never been a real contender since. Bottom line, when you make that much money, you have to play even better since it’s obviously going to cost you other pieces. He hasn’t…and now he wants to get even more money

    They may be better off without him, in the long run. But they’ll have to be willing to be MUCH worse without him for a couple years before there is any chance that happens
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    If paying your star QB market value is the reason a team declines then I guess no team should ever pay their QB. And Wilson’s deal averages $21.9 million per year. That contract is nowhere near outrageous. As to why the team declined I seem to remember that happening because the famed legion of boom defense got old and injured. Richard Sherman injured and cut, Brandon Browner old and ineffective, Kam Chancellor career ending injury, Earl Thomas the team already was willing to walk away from him before his injury. None of those players situation had anything to do with Wilson’s contract which is below market value for a QB of his skill level.

  25. Bernard Sanders/2020🇺🇸 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm
    Tiffani says:

    April 9, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Smartest thing they could do…

    Yep QBs are so easy to replace look how long it took the Browns!!!

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    That’s not very Bernie like of you Bernie!

    If you look back at recent history, out of the last 7 Super Bowls, 6 have been won by teams with a QB on a rookie contract or by Brady who takes a massive discount. Manning for the Broncos was the only exception. Brady several times, Flacco on his last year, Wilson, Wentz/Foles. None were making top of the market money. Sure, trading is a risk but it’s been established that paying top market money makes it extremely difficult to win. You have a much better shot at catching lightning in a bottle with a low salary rookie contract and building around him. Ask Rodgers, Flacco post 2012, Ben, Stafford, Brees, Carr, E Manning etc… the rookie wage scale has given the teams that hit on QBs in the draft a monumental edge for their first 4-5 years. After that, it’s over.

  26. Russell Wilson is a damn good QB! No arguments! But, he is admittingly pricing himself as the Greatest! He will leave Seattle no choice but to try and move him and start over with a rookie. No team can sustain success paying the QB 30+ million per year.And, no player on a team of 53 should be looking for that. I’m sorry it’s as though the team concept goes to hell! One guy usurps 15% of the cap, how do you pay the other 50+. Throw in an EDGE and a diva WR and you are in Cap hel! These QBs are smart guys and they realize the impact but almost don’t seem to care as long as they get theirs. Wilson is no different, do you really think he would be open to a “team friendly” deal.

  27. If I could translate, what I think Del Rio means is the franchise tag where it applies to the quarterback position is forcing a team like the Seahawks to evaluate priorities when it comes to the distribution of payroll. Not that it’s going to happen, but not to be surprised If they get a good trade to rebuild.

  28. Ok, let’s look at this objectively. When is the last time you saw a true franchise QB get traded in their prime? Hell even in their late prime? I think you gotta go all the way back to the 70’s when the Oilers and Raiders swapped Pastorini and Stabler.

    Now we’re not talking about just any QB. We’re not talking about just any franchise QB. We’re talking about a kid who is a higher rated QB in numerous categories than ANY OTHER in history 7 years into their career. No way. No how. Ain’t going to happen. So quit dreaming NFC West. You’re still going to get to defend him twice every season for at least another 5 and probably another 8 to 10.

  29. Its interesting that guys could love a team, city and situation, be offered a deal to stay with all of that and receive more money they could ever dream, and be unhappy. These QB’s (and others) won’t live a different life if they make $150 million or $155 million (on top of the millions they already made).
    But the EXTRA dollar comes first. Before the winning, the legacy, the history, the opportunity for clear cut greatness.

    I’m not saying a guy should turn down $30 million per and say “$25 is enough.” But why fight for an extra Million or 2 (when already getting $150) just so you can be “the highest paid” for a month or so. Especially when no one will really remember.

  30. Gotta put a cap figure on these franchise QB’s. You can’t win as a team when the QB is eating up more then 13% of your cap.That’s a proven fact. No QB should make more then 20 Mil a year. If you can’t live with that, find another profession.

  31. I think he is an elite QB. Period. I also do not like him. So from my standpoint if you let him walk, ok by me. But….you better have a better plan than what if.

  32. thebirdofprey says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Jack Del Rio is credible to speak on this topic thanks to his connection to the Seahawks? I don’t know of a single one or hear of his name. Isnt he one of the only people that rank below Jeff Fisher in NFL Coaching. Yeah let’s listen to what he has got to say.
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    I wouldn’t be so naive to think that Del Rio doesn’t know anyone at all connected to the Seahawks. Just because you haven’t “heard his name” doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have friends on the inside who may tell him things.

  33. thejetssuck2001 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm
    why exactly does jack del rio deserve so much credibility? i watch a ton of football with my actual eyes, and i can say that i personally think the seahawks would have to be compleetely idiotic to get rid of russell wilson. a pro athlete of his caliber may become pricey? wow. stop the presses.
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    You are right….

    But he doesnt warrant being the highest paid player in the game.

  34. The Hawks are finally cleaning up all of the dead money on their books and still have Kam Chancellor left. The Hawks had the 2nd most Dead $$ of players not playing in 2018. Avril, Kam, Bennett, ET, etc. $33mm .

    Kam still has $12mm vs 2019 cap, so when he’s cut post June 1, they will save $4.8mm but still have $7.7mm of dead money.

    Fans should educate themselves before talking cap. Go to Over the Cap.

    When the Hawks clean up their books, they can afford Russ. Plus, Baldwin is basically, DONE, and he counts $13mm toward the 2019 cap. Kam and Doug are $25mm of cap and neither is likely to play. Know that Kam won’t.

    No need to sign Russ because they just want to run the rock anyway. The Seahawks are headed for a 4 win season MAX without Russ and then can draft a QB. Probably the only way to get back to a SB but Hawks need to find a 5 yr QB at cap friendly terms.

  35. raideralex99 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    $52.43 million in 2021 … that’s insane.
    +++
    No NFL player is worth that much per year. The team is more important than one player. Even QB’S.

  36. denverscott says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    Getting so sick of this “I gotta be the highest paid ” attitude. Especially when the player clearly isn’t the best. Ego is killing the league.
    +++
    This is more the agent than the player. The agent wants to reset the market.

  37. dickshotdogs says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:38 pm
    Every thing and everyone is negotiable. Heck, so is Brady. You’re terribly naïve if you think otherwise.
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    Wrong. Brady only gets traded if he says “trade me.” Even then, Kraft might not let BB pull the trigger on that. The Saints could offer their whole draft ala Ditka, and Kraft would say No.

  38. “Wilson for Rodgers straight up”

    Rodgers gets hurt too much. Especially with an inept offensive line like the Seahawks usually have. Better lately but still not good for a passing QB.

  39. It isn’t as crazy as it seems. If they did trade him, they would probably get 2 1sts and other lesser picks and a player. And they save 26+ million a year, which could be 2-3 decent free agents. If it wasn’t a poor year for QBs coming out in the draft, I’d say it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  40. The economics of the situation call for Wilson to get a huge payday.

    If Kirk Cousins got 80 mil guaranteed without doing a darn thing then Wilson can demand a great deal more and be justified.

    The NFL salary cap is increasing and every franchise QB to sign a new contract will get an upgrade over the last guy.

    He has been to 2 Super Bowls and won one. And as others have said he really has had little talent around him at WR and OL over the last few years and still plays at a high level.

    Seahawks fans who think they should trade him for picks are not thinking it through carefully. Picks are non-guaranteed commodities. Wilson can be a great QB for another 6-7 years, more than enough time to retool the roster.

  41. Feels like every time I looked at the scoreboard for the last 3 seasons, Seattle had like 6 points at halftime. How explosive! Yeah, give him $30m/year for what he could do in 2013…

  42. If Wilson leaves it will be only a matter of time to push the reset button on Seahawks, which would mean good ol’ Pete is gone too. So I expect Carroll to fight for keeping Wilson with all his leverage, if any.

  43. If he was a 28, I could see him getting to the Giants. Not now tho; they’d be looking for the next guy in 5 years. His wife would drive him to the airport I’m sure

  44. I know it’s a pipe dream, but DAMN he’d look great in a Raiders uniform… Heck, give them our #1. He’s that good.

  45. Del Rio is absolutely correct. Khalil Mack is a cornerstone player and was a major reason that Del Rio was able to take the 3-13 team that he inherited to 7-9 and 12-4. If Son-Of-Al hand’t inflicted Marshawn Lynch on the team and if the Raiders hadn’t caved to Penn and let Musgrave go (at Carr’s urging) they could’ve built on that success rather than regressing to 6-10.

    As for the 6-10 record in Del Rio’s last year – Gruden will be lucky to even sniff that record over the next several years.

  46. Same reason Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan and Mike Smith did, they were all on the 2000 ravens defensive staff

    thejetssuck2001 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm
    why exactly does jack del rio deserve so much credibility? i watch a ton of football with my actual eyes, and i can say that i personally think the seahawks would have to be compleetely idiotic to get rid of russell wilson. a pro athlete of his caliber may become pricey? wow. stop the presses.

  47. What is Del Rio even saying? “[D]on’t be surprised if before it’s all said and done when we line up for the season next year if Russell Wilson isn’t quarterbacking somewhere else and the Seahawks haven’t gone and gotten a quarterback they think for the future,”

    I will not be surprised if Russel isn’t QBing for another team. I will not be surprised if the Seahawks haven’t gotten another QB. That is literally what he said. If that’s how Del Rio is conveying that he thinks Wilson might get traded, I can see that communication might be a reason why he is no longer coaching.

  48. Wilson is not worth that much, he is not a top QB. They only time he won it all is when the team was stacked around him. If they pay him that much, the Seahawks won’t be able to put a team around him. Two first round picks and maybe two second round picks should be about right.

  49. It is the new NFL model, franchise QB’s are not worth the money they hamstrung the rest of the team. What teams that have paid big dollars to QB that have won Superbowls of late? Green Bay, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Vikings and Seattle were all very good teams until they paid huge contracts to QB’s, now they are just good and getting worse hoping they can develop there low round draft picks and get lucky. Dallas, Philly, The Rams, Bears, and KC have the same issue coming up, most of them are looking at $35 to $40 million to keep their current QB.

    The smart move would be to trade Wilson to a stupid owner team, draft a couple QB’s and focus on a strangling defense. The problem is the NFL hates that model. They want more Big 12 football with no D and receivers running free (making QB’s look like they are great) and scoring every few minutes in 70 to 69 type games.

  50. Remember when football wasn’t handicapped by the salary cap? An owner could invest as much money into his organization as he wished and not have to worry about the the owner that wants to keep it cheap? Get rid of the salary cap and players and teams both win.

  51. Everyone said OBJ wouldn’t get traded either. Because he’s “a franchise player”….

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    OBJ is a diva that brings a ton of drama to the team.

    Russell cannot be compared to OBJ.

  52. Trade him and get picks and rebuild or pay him and stay the same. I would trade him for picks you have a history of drafting well, you got a super bowl out of him. Build a team with an affordable Q.B.

  53. Would love for Russell to stay.

    That said, what makes sense would be either the Giants or Chargers to make a move for their future.
    Couldn’t turn down round 1 and round 2 picks for this year and next year PLUS either Eli Manning or Philip Rivers to help with the transition for the QB they pick up this year.

  54. “[D]on’t be surprised if before it’s all said and done when we line up for the season next year if Russell Wilson isn’t quarterbacking somewhere else and the Seahawks haven’t gone and gotten a quarterback they think for the future,” Del Rio said.

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    Only Del Rio would come up with that. Wilson is 30, a Super Bowl champion and has been to 2 Super Bowls. He’s probably the best QB in the league to invest in. He is the QB of the future.

  55. There’s no way they’d have gotten close to the playoffs this year without Wilson.

    He has the 10th highest TD% all time (second among players since 1975) at 6.0…. He’s tied for the 4th lowest INT% all time at 1.9…. He’s tied for 5th highest yards-per-attempt all time (first among active players) at 7.9.

    That doesn’t even take his rushing into account.

    And he’s still done all that without ever having a great receiver. The best he’s had is Doug Baldwin – solid, but hardly great.

  56. If you think you have a chance at competing this year you don’t do that at all.
    If you’re rebuilding it’s a brilliant move.

    I just wish J-ville could have gotten in on it instead of paying Foles

  57. This is ridiculous – it will NEVER happen. Pete Carroll has stated his current contract through 2021 is his last. They blew out stars last year to reload for 1 more great run. No way in hell – Pete Carroll risks bringing in a rookie QB for his last 3 seasons….they will milk Wilson for all its worth – even if its 2-franchise years; but not a chance they let him walk and start over.

  58. It’s not a bad idea. Paying a guy 35 million just isn’t going to work out well for the team as a whole. You can get 7 good players for that money – it’s ridiculous. 5 million dollar players can win Super Bowls.

  59. What’s funny is all the hate for Del Rio on here. He never said it was a smart move to deal Russel nor did he say he would pull the trigger if he was in the Hawks brass. He just said don’t be surprised if it happens. I think it would be dumb but I wouldn’t be surprised. You never know in the NFL.

    And P.S. to the poster above who said Jeff Fisher was a better coach than Del Rio. No shot and im not even a huge Del Rio guy.

  60. Ky Li says:
    April 10, 2019 at 12:22 pm
    If you think you have a chance at competing this year you don’t do that at all.
    If you’re rebuilding it’s a brilliant move.

    I just wish J-ville could have gotten in on it instead of paying Foles

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    I guess Cleveland is close to proving a team can successfully rebuild despite not winning very much. However, generally teams need to make the playoffs and stay in contention so that the coach and GM can stay together long enough to win. For that you need a QB.

  61. spikeit2times says:
    April 10, 2019 at 1:50 pm
    Send Wilson and this year’s #21 Pick to AZ for Rosen and the #1 overall pick.
    …………………………………..
    Let me fix that….Send Wilson to AZ for Rosen and their #1 and 3rd rd pick this year along with next year’s #1. That is more realistic

  62. raideralex99 says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    $52.43 million in 2021 … that’s insane.

    No that was $36.4 in 2021 and $52.43 million in 2022, which he will never get. The Seahawks could keep him for this year and two more before getting a new QB in 2022 if that was necessary.

  63. It appears that RW is forcing his way out of Seattle with his contract demands. Wifey would rather see him in NYC. The Seahawks can’t afford what he is asking .

  64. The NFL has made changes to the game for offense. It made the QB position so important they change the rules of the game to protect QB’s. And by doing all these changes they increased the QB’s salary. QB’s are ruining football teams with some of these absurd salaries.

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