Which team(s) should call the Seahawks about Russell Wilson?

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With former Jaguars and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio throwing a foreign object into the punch receptacle regarding Russell Wilson‘s tenure with the Seahawks, an obvious question arises: If Seattle would consider trading Wilson, who should be calling?

Although a trade would make more sense in 2020, when Wilson’s salary spikes from $17 million under the last year of his current contract to $30.34 million under the franchise tag, the fact that Del Rio has heard scuttlebutt about a possible trade means that it’s worth making a phone call to G.M. John Schneider, if a team needs a quarterback and potentially wants Wilson.

But here’s the problem. The Seahawks, who would like to increase their slate of 2019 draft picks from four, will want a lot for one of the best three or four quarterbacks in football. And Wilson will still expect to emerge from the transaction as the highest-paid player in NFL history, with the franchise-tag dance providing his ultimate leverage against whichever team has him under contract this year.

So who should at least explore the situation?

The Giants currently make the most sense. Even though a $5 million roster bonus already has been paid to Eli Manning, New York could send perhaps the sixth overall pick in 2019 and either No. 17 or next year’s first-round pick for a 30-year-old quarterback who would, contract permitting, be their guy for at least a decade. (Wilson told me in December 2017 that he intends to play until 45.) Maybe he wouldn’t push so hard contractually, given the sponsorship and media opportunities that would generate much more money for him during and after his NFL career.

As a TV personality, former Giant Michael Strahan has become everything former Giant Tiki Barber wanted to be, and then some. Wilson would be a candidate to pull off that same feat.

Other teams that should at least consider making a call to the Seahawks include the Chargers (who also have a quarterback under contract through 2019 but could desperately use Wilson’s star power in the “Fight for L.A.”), the Dolphins (who seem to be more inclined to position themselves via the natural unfolding of events in 2019 to draft a quarterback early in 2020, which is a fancy way of saying “tanking”), and maybe the Titans (they could offer Marcus Mariota plus a first-round pick, and with Wilson the Titans instantly would become a national brand).

Here’s another intriguing possibility: The first overall pick from Arizona, for Wilson. It’s an interesting philosophical question. If the Cardinals are thinking about drafting Kyler Murray with that No. 1 pick, does it make more sense to essentially draft Wilson with that same pick? He’s 30, but he’s proven. He’s also far more expensive than Murray would be.

After talking it all through earlier today on PFT Live and PFTOT, Simms and I decided that a possible trade makes much more sense in 2020 — unless Wilson is signed to a long-term deal.

And it makes sense to expect a long-term deal, even if it comes after the Wilson-imposed April 15 deadline. Last year, the Seahawks essentially reconfigured the team around Wilson. The team was aware of his contractual situation at the time, and the 2018 plan for proceeding with the construction of the roster surely included a plan for making it all work financially in 2019 and beyond.

29 responses to “Which team(s) should call the Seahawks about Russell Wilson?

  1. Wilson won’t be traded and it would take far more than 2 1st round picks to steal him away from Seattle. Clark is the likely candidate to get traded away from the hawks unfortunately.

  2. Wilson is a very good QB and is not easily replaced.
    On the other hand the Seahawks aren’t very good and need to rebuild.
    If that rebuild takes a few years then they are wasting time holding onto Wilson.
    They may be better off trading him if they can get enough value for him.
    Chances are whoever they draft at QB will not be as good.

    Seattle should use the KC model. Draft a very good QB at the 10th spot, way after a mediocre QB is taken much earlier.

  3. Do we know that Wilson wants to be the highest paid quarterback or is that conjecture? Some quarterbacks understand that they are already too rich to ever spend it all and winning championships is therefore more important to them. Has anyone actually asked Wilson which kind of quarterback/person he is?

  4. If Russel isnt willing to leave a little meat on the bone for the team to invest in other players they might have no choice than trade him.You cant win a Lombardi with a Quarterback making 35 million look at the packers.Yes he deserves it but will you starve making 25 to 28 million a year and another 8 to 10 million in endorsements.Pigs get Full
    and Hogs get slaughtered

  5. The teams that is most likely to do it would be Miami since they got rid of Tannehill and they signed nobody. Denver may do it but they are stuck with Joe Flecko. Most other teams are pretty much set at QB, or they are so far from being contenders that it would be difficult to justify trading for him. Example would be the Giants and Cardinals. Oakland may be interested, but they need to get rid of Derek Carr’s contract to do it.

    Playoff contenders like New England, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Rams, Chargers, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Tennessee, North Carolina and even Jacksonville think their quarterbacks are either better than Wilson or their salary cap won’t allow them to trade for Wilson. Seattle probably won’t get much for Wilson at all in a trade.

  6. There is not a single player worth 10 percent of the cap. None. All the other pieces are essential as well And Wilson wants15 percent of the cap. Yes he is elite. But Seahawks are having to dismantle a great team because of cap space. Teams are self destructing and how much do these guys need. 4 years at 15 million per should buys lot of home and food.

  7. Best three or four QBs in the NFL? So, you have him ahead of one or two of Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and Roethlisberger? That is not even mentioning the new kids on the block, like Mahomes, for one.

    I think he is a very good QB, but most teams want someone who can run their offense. He makes most of his big plays on scrambles. He also wants to be paid like he was better than Aaron. If I was a GM, I would look elsewhere.

  8. arclight1972 says:
    April 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Wilson is a very good QB and is not easily replaced.
    On the other hand the Seahawks aren’t very good and need to rebuild.
    If that rebuild takes a few years then they are wasting time holding onto Wilson
    ————–
    Does anyone remember, from about 12 months ago, when everyone was saying the Legion of Boom is gone, other key players let go, the Seahawks are in full rebuilding mode, and Wilson took them to the playoffs instead?

    Good times.

  9. I liked it better in the 70’s and 80’s when the fans really kept in the loop on what the players made and how much profit the owners made. We the fans just watched the games and that was the extent of it.

  10. Wilson has done what?????? For a 3rd pick I grant you he has done well…. Not stellar.

    One ring…….lost the last 3 times in the playoffs (1) WC, (2) Divisons

    never had a better than 72.7 QBR (ESPN), only a 110.3 once in QB ratings

    in the playoffs 21 TD’s against 11 Interceptions

    has fumbled 70 times ( six times in the playoffs)

    Guy is steady and has good skill sets Not great and can’t see paying him as the best in football…..Although I would take him over the winer in Green bay…lol

  11. The Bills should call because they don’t have a QB, but Wilson won’t go there and you can’t blame him.

  12. With all the good to better QB’s available the next two-three years why would anybody trade fora mediocre QB like Wilson?

  13. I think the Raiders and Las Vegas make the most sense for Ciara.

    The picks would have have to be similar to Herschel, RG111 or Ricky Williams spread out over 3 to 4 years. Something like 3 number ones, a 2 and 4th in 2019, another 3rd in 2020, and a conditional 2, 3 or 4th along with a 6th rounder should be about the right price, some picks could be changed for players. I could see Jerry doing something like this.

  14. Who wants to pay $35 million to a QB that struggled against a Cardinals defense that was hampered by poor coaching? His trade value is going to decline this year for sure, especially without Baldwin 100%

  15. My crystal ball reveals to me that Russell Wilson will not get an extension before the April 15 “deadline,” and that Seattle had prepared for his possible departure by trading for Brett Hundley. If they make the playoffs in 2019, negotiation for a long term deal will resume. If they miss the playoffs, they will allow him to leave as a free agent or franchise tag him for one season and go from there.

  16. rideforjesus says:

    April 10, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Wilson has done what?????? For a 3rd pick I grant you he has done well…. Not stellar.

    One ring…….lost the last 3 times in the playoffs (1) WC, (2) Divisons

    never had a better than 72.7 QBR (ESPN), only a 110.3 once in QB ratings

    in the playoffs 21 TD’s against 11 Interceptions

    has fumbled 70 times ( six times in the playoffs)

    Guy is steady and has good skill sets Not great and can’t see paying him as the best in football…..Although I would take him over the winer in Green bay…lol
    ——————————–
    Dude has only won more games than any other QB in as many games in NFL history (First 7 years in the league). Has the second highest QB rating career wise only behind Rodgers. Went to back to back Superbowls (I’ll give you that he threw the worst int in NFL history to lose that superbowl) and has done more with less than any other QB outside Brady. So He’s a top three Qb no matter how you look at it.

  17. I like Wilson more than a lot of fans but I’m not sure you can call him one of the top 3 or 4 qbs. You’ve got to assume at least Brady and Mahomes are no brainers in front of him. After that it’s a stretch to say he’s definitively better than Luck, Wentz, Ryan, Rodgers, Goff and Brees. It would be hard to say he’s 1 of the top 3 or 4 most valuable qbs too because then you take into account contracts and you have to put at least Brady, Mahomes, Mayfield, Wentz, Goff and Watson ahead.

  18. bobmillion says:

    April 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I think the Raiders and Las Vegas make the most sense for Ciara.

    The picks would have have to be similar to Herschel, RG111 or Ricky Williams spread out over 3 to 4 years. Something like 3 number ones, a 2 and 4th in 2019, another 3rd in 2020, and a conditional 2, 3 or 4th along with a 6th rounder should be about the right price, some picks could be changed for players. I could see Jerry doing something like this.
    ———-
    Wow! You are absolutely delusional. There is 0 chance of anyone giving up a package like that. Draft picks are cost controlledplayers that when your going to pay your qb 35 million a year you need not to mention if a team is willing to put that much draft capital into finding a qb drafting one with multiple picks is smarter. The only way a package like this happens is if Seattle also sends multiple picks with Wilson.

  19. miabuttreeks says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    If I’m the Saints I’m all over this… next year.

    * * * *
    Good point. Or Giants.

  20. killerquails says:
    April 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    4 years at 15 million per should buys lot of home and food.

    * * * *
    As soon as lesser QBs like Stafford, Cousins, and Ryan take a pay cut and accept $12.5 per year, you can then make an argument that Wilson should be happy with $15 million. But that is not the market for a QB in the top quartile of QBs, nonetheless one with the career numbers of Russell Wilson . . . a man now earning about $6 million less per year on average than Jimmy Garrappolo, who has done absolutely nothing in the NFL.

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