Could Russell Wilson be traded by the Seahawks?

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Last week, Chris Simms unwittingly lit a slow-burning fuse while he and I tried to identify during an installment of PFTOT the universe of NFL players who currently are untradable.

Patrick Mahomes? Check. Lamar Jackson? Check. Aaron Donald? Check. Aaron Rodgers, given the crippling cap hit that would apply if traded now? Check.

So how about Russell Wilson?

He has a no-trade clause in his current contract, and there’s a reason for it. As Simms said during the conversation, the Seahawks talked to the Browns about a potential trade that would have sent Wilson to Cleveland for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns contend that the idea was “floated” conceptually, but that the discussion did indeed happen. At the time, the Seahawks were staring at another extension for Wilson, one that would result a year later in a contract with a new-money value of $35 million per year. And the placement of a no-trade clause in the latest contract was indeed influenced by chatter regarding the potential trade to Cleveland, we’re told.

That said, some who are close enough to the situation to know what may happen believe that Wilson eventually will be traded. Intriguing potential destinations would include, in our view, the Cowboys, Raiders, and Saints. (Or, as Simms says, any team “that doesn’t try to establish the run for three quarters and then ask him to save them in the fourth.”)

Timing becomes a very real question. In 2021, the Seahawks would absorb a $39 million cap charge by trading Wilson, $7 million more than his $32 million cap number if he’s on the team. (He’s due to earn $19 million in 2021.) By 2022, the cap charge falls to $26 million, $11 million less than the cap charge if he’s still on the team.

In 2023, the last year of his current deal, Wilson has a $39 million cap number and a $13 million cap charge if traded.

Still only 31 and determined to play until he’s 45, Wilson may not have to wait until his fifth decade (like Tom Brady) to land in a new place. Some think it’s just a matter of time before he’s traded by a team that talked about trading him just two years ago.

93 responses to “Could Russell Wilson be traded by the Seahawks?

  1. At some point a team is going to do it…
    Take the multiple 1st rd picks, open up a ton of cap space and sign a veteran for relatively cheap

  2. This would be a mistake, there is no way the seahawks are as competitive as they are without RW, he is just a straight up baller who seems to make something out of nothing in the 4th quarter. The sheer amount of wins that they get by a single score is a testament that the guy makes the plays when it counts.

  3. I am a 49ers fan and would be ecstatic if this happened.
    But heck NO. Take him away and they are a perennial sub 0.500 team.
    Just don’t see this making any sense.

  4. Wilson will leave once Carroll retires. Underrated coach/QB tandem, they should have 2 SB’s together by now.

  5. Russell Wilson covers up so many holes in that offense. Without him you’d get to see what a poor job they’ve done surrounding him with talent. That offensive line isn’t very good and his receivers aren’t anything to write home about…… so I guess I’m saying pull the trigger, Seattle!! Lol

  6. The #1 overall pick for a hall of fame QB. Seattle would have been dumb to make that trade.

  7. Russell Wilson seems like the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL. He gets NO respect whatsoever.. This is coming from a die hard 49er fan !

  8. If this were to occur it would be due to Carroll’s hubris, NFL coaches attribute way to much of a team’s success to their so called genius, until such time that the team starts to faulter . . . then it is due to everything but them. Carroll falls into this catagory and he has yet to cut Russell Wilson loose to throw the ball every quarter with regularity . . . that too is due to his hubris . . . he assumes he is the smartest guy on the field.

    As for the comment he has a now trade clause in his contract, that is so that he can determine his own destination . . . I doubt he would want to be traded to Cinny right now regardless of what Seattle would get in return . . . so the no trade clause is essentially his veto power in where and when the Seahawks can trade him . . . smart move RW!

  9. How is Aaron Donald untradeable? He’s a defensive player on a long-term contract that’s getting more reasonable every time someone new signs for over 20M AAV. He would generate a good haul in return as well for a team that’s going to need to rebuild soon and I’m sure he’d be thrilled to go to an actual contender. The untouchables are Mahomes and Jackson and I would say Wilson for now but that could change for the reasons you mentioned. That’s the list.

  10. Would be the dumbest trade ever. But I hate the Seahawks so by all means, trade him.

  11. Overpaying a better than average QB like Dak franchise money is foolish but Russell Wilson is top five. Wilson makes the entire offense better. In Dallas it’s the talent around Dak that makes him better. Wilson can prosper behind a so-so OL. I doubt that Dak could do well without one of the best OLs in football. I think QBs in general eat up too much of the cap but Wilson is a keeper.

  12. This is a debate on whether a star QB ends up making too much money and eats away at too much of the salary cap. The offensive players around Wilson have to be mediocre or otherwise they can’t pay for Wilson. You want better talent around the QB, then trade Wilson.

  13. Why would they want to get rid of their future hall of fame, superbowl winning quarterback? Just to risk getting a new cheaper one? Maybe franchise QB’s are starting to demand too much money but still. Franchise QB’s are hard to come by.

  14. Howie might finally be able to get his guy! I doubt it but Wentz, Hurts and a pick for Wilson (and Metcalf) would be interesting.

  15. Trade him to Minnesota for Cousins and a 2nd rd pick. Would love to see this happen.

  16. Russell will stay in Seattle and get 50 mil next contract. Replace Carroll w a young innovator

  17. I would say this would never happen, but 4 months ago, if you told me the world would be on shutdown and the economy on the verge of collapse, I also would have said this would never happen, so…….

  18. You’d think after seeing what they would have gotten if they had made the trade for the #1 pick, that would scare them away from ever trading Wilson.

  19. Dont see it happening….he represents Seattle VERY well. He would have 2 SB rings if it wasn’t for that stupid playcall at the goal line by Pete

  20. They can not trade him and risk this ending up like Favre to the Vikings! Imagine Russel in SF with Shannahan or LA with McVay!

  21. Send him to Green Bay in 2023. Russell finished his college career in Madison. So why not finish his pro career in Green Bay?

  22. If you asked Russell Wilson this question he would give you a politically correct statement without answering the question.

  23. With the economy the way it is and the very real possibility that the salary cap drops considerably for at least one season, teams will consider making unprecedented moves like this. Russell Wilson is everything to the Seahawks, both on and off the field. A trade like this will probably happen, but not in Seattle.

  24. 2-14 if they do.

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    Thanks for building his MVP consideration.

    Wilson is very good but not Elite.

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    New to the sport I see.

  25. I have a problem with overpaying above average but not great QBs like Goff or Prescott.

    I do NOT have a problem paying very good QBs like Wilson.

    Its one thing to shed Dak Prescott and save $30 million and go with Dalton.
    Its another to get rid of a very good QB like Wilson.

  26. What a strange time we’re in. Teams like the Seahawks and Packers have miracle-producing QBs that other teams would kill for, yet seem to have little to no idea how to use them, how to support them with skill players, and seem almost ambivalent about the whole thing.

    These teams have once-in-a-generation players at the most important position? How can they be dropping the ball?

  27. I can’t figure out what exactly the article is asking. If he has a no trade clause then they can’t trade him unless they could convince him to waive that clause. So, is it saying they might trade him after he signed a different contract that didn’t have such a clause?

  28. defscottyb says:
    May 14, 2020 at 12:23 pm
    Wilson is very good but not Elite
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    You must live in a state where weed is legal.

  29. There isnt a QB in football besides Wilson that can win with Seattle o-line. They let go of two starters to make room for defensive signings when the offensive line has ranked bottom 1/3 in pass blocking for 6 years.

    We traded Frank Clark for 1st that turned into LJ Collier. Wilson isnt going anywhere

  30. He is an incredibly overrated passer. He might be a great leader, and a great clutch player, but he has had his share of sub-100 yard passing games.

  31. That would be the dumbest thing possible. Without Wilson the Seahawks are a fourth place team in that division.

  32. As QBs take up more and more of their teams salary cap, this will be a problem for many over the next 3-5 years if all these new QBs currently playing, work out.

    Ideally, Wilson if wanting out, and his payday, would goto a team built with a plethora of young talent and a 2 or 3 year window. Eventually teams will have to cap QB spending.

  33. The price of a QB versus the cap is going to become prohibitive if the “Virus” impacts revenue – supposedly the cap could actually drop in 2021 and 2022 – if that happens then expect QB’s to see their comp drop. If Russell expects to make 3-5 max contracts then he could be disappointed with the values.

  34. If the Browns didn’t jump all over that deal, they are even more poorly run than is believed. Cleveland should have immediately said “Wilson for the #1 overall pick, where do we sign?”

  35. Wilson’s no-trade clause is only a limiting factor if he does not agree to a trade. I imagine stepping into the community Brees created in New Orleans and playing for Sean Payton, who proved Brees after the trade from SD, would be very attractive to Wilson in particular. Moving to a bigger market in Dallas or even Las Vegas wouldn’t be bad either.

  36. This whole discussion is asinine. The Seahawks live and and die with Russ. There is no plug and play replacement for a dude like RW3. Plus, you honestly think trade talk would preceed restructuring discussions? Ya’ll got me fired up just for trying to stir the pot lol.

  37. As a life long Saints fan and complete football fan if Seattle wanted to trade Wilson right now I would give them Drew and Kamara straight up! I am sure I will get boo’d for this but oh well. Bress is to me the all time but he only has one or two years left so that is a huge factor. Kamara would just be a casualty to get a franchise, a proven franchise QB. That being said I can not think of any other player in the league I would not trade to get this guy. If R. Wilson played in KC, NE, SF and maybe even the Rams organization he would have more SB. This guy is a freak!! If Seattle were to make the mistake of trading him they are doomed!

  38. I don’t understand, why would the Seahawks want to trade Wilson? Unless he’s injured or sucks.

  39. WHY???

    Odds to win the 2020 NFL MVP

    Patrick Mahomes +400
    Lamar Jackson +600
    Russell Wilson +800
    Deshaun Watson +1200
    Dak Prescott +1400
    Carson Wentz +1600
    Drew Brees +1600
    Aaron Rodgers +2000

  40. Now that the Brady drama has gone away, I guess the sports writers need to drum something else up that they can drag out for months.

  41. Now that the 49ers sit atop the NFC West, and the Cardinals have Murray who in his second season is already being ranked ahead of Wilson on fantasy boards, the Seahawks should start rebuilding for 2035.

  42. Wilson is worth more than the #1 pick. He is MVP material. And his contract isn’t that bad when you consider what Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Lamar Jackson are about to rake in in the next 12 months.

  43. in NFL contracts a “no-trade Clause” servers more so as a player right of refusal, so if you are tradign a franchise qb there are serious issues between qb and orginizaiton already, the player likely wants to leave as much as they want him gone.. that clause just serves to give the player the ability to dictate were they go, or force the team to cut them.

  44. As part of due diligence in 2018 the team discussed the pros/cons of a new contract versus potential trade value. That’s what I hope they do each and every year, for all positions. It might take a few minutes to decide what route they take and what is In the best interest of the team. I doubt that the Seahawks will look to trade him anytime soon. After 2022, the discussions will intensify, but its way to early right now.

  45. Hans Guttentaag says:
    May 14, 2020 at 12:03 pm
    Patriots for Hoyer

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    Throw in your firsts until 2035 and we might start talking

  46. kevpft says:
    May 14, 2020 at 1:22 pm
    What a strange time we’re in. Teams like the Seahawks and Packers have miracle-producing QBs that other teams would kill for, yet seem to have little to no idea how to use them, how to support them with skill players, and seem almost ambivalent about the whole thing.
    These teams have once-in-a-generation players at the most important position? How can they be dropping the ball?
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    I agree with you generally but just to be a pain, you realize “once-in-a-generation” means there can only be one in any given generation, right? You name both Russ and Rodgers and if you add in Brees and Brady that’s 4 times in a generation.

  47. This would be a nightmare for Seattle fans. We watched Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriquez (when he wasn’t yet a jerk), Ken Griffey, Jr., Ichiro, Shawn Kemp all walk away or get traded, those hurt. When Gary Payton got traded I literally pulled over the car because my eyes were watering too much to see and drive safely. Oh yeah I guess you can throw in Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas leaving.

    Losing Russell Wilson would be worse than all of those combined. Like Gary Payton did, he drags weak teams into the playoffs by sheer will. Like GP, he can just take over a game and say “not today.”

    However, if he had to go, I would love to see him on the Saints, a team I always rooted for as the underdog through a lot of lean years, in a city (then) with no other major league sports. I would also love to see him on the Jets or Giants, where he would really be tested under pressure to win. Raiders would be interesting as he’d be writing their first chapter in a new era for the franchise, and he’d face Mahomes x2 a year(!)

  48. Translation…

    We’re desperate for anything sports related, no matter how ridiculous.

  49. You know it’s the deep off-season when writers are speculating on unlikely trades that couldn’t feasibly happen for at least two years. (Insert Rolly-eyes emoji here.)

  50. To those who think you can just pick up a good veteran QB or take you pick in the draft, you’re delusional. Franchise QBs are hard to come by and elite ones even harder. If you want to be mired in mediocrity, by all means, trade away Wilson. The Browns would be dumb not to take that deal and Seahawks even dumber for even considering it. This is coming from a 49ers fan

  51. It must really be great to have a job where you can simply speculate and then write articles on what you are speculating, with ZERO tangible evidence on what you are speculating about. I guess that’s pretty much par for the course these days..

  52. I think what the Cowboys did in the off-season with what they added and what they lost was a wash

  53. NO,….The Seahawks are NOT trading Wilson,… and if they did it wouldn’t be anytime in the next 3 years. It would create a salary cap nightmare if it were in the next 2 years.
    Seattle is in the same predicament as the Packers. The dead cap hit would be devastating to the cap and the roster. They’d have to release starters to get under the cap.

  54. It’s only a matter of time
    Maybe not Russell
    But at some point, so long as QB deals continue to skyrocket,(don’t give me this excuse that the cap is rising, because QB salaries are rising out of whack with the cap rise) there is eventually going to be a QB whose trade ends up shocking people.

    You’ll have Team A, who had him for his rookie deal, and his first extension, they went to a Super Bowl, maybe won one, went to the playoffs some years, missed a couple years, who are staring at their good-great, but not elite QB thinking are we really going to pay this guy $45 million/$50 million a year? You’ll have Team B, that’s missed the playoffs the last X years, they’ve built a pretty good defense, but didn’t draft well with a QB, and it definitely seems like they are a QB away from being a real contender. That team ends up with the 3rd pick in the next draft and starts thinking…if we draft a new QB what if he isn’t Super Bowl ready before our defense ages and loses a step? Now Team B is looking at that QB on Team A…

    All it takes is one team to finally turn down their QB and you’ll see others do the same if they end up successful. Right now teams are too risk-adverse and would rather have a guarantee of above average-good thank risk trying to go for elite and ending up with below average-bad.

  55. secondgenameriacan says:
    May 14, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    kevpft says:
    May 14, 2020 at 1:22 pm
    These teams have once-in-a-generation players at the most important position? How can they be dropping the ball?
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    I agree with you generally but just to be a pain, you realize “once-in-a-generation” means there can only be one in any given generation, right? You name both Russ and Rodgers and if you add in Brees and Brady that’s 4 times in a generation.

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    Okay, I hear you, but in my case I was referring to once in a generation for those teams. One could argue that Favre and Rodgers could be lumped into the same generation, but I consider them separate eras. Cheers.

  56. I’m actually looking forward to see what the cap will be for the 2021 season. Imagine if it drops significantly. Teams may have to dump high priced QB’s just so they can field a team.

  57. Hans Guttentaag wrote:

    “Patriots for Hoyer”
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    That’s a knee-slapper, Hans! Best wishes to your 49ers, Rams or Cardinals.

    I love that our division is getting stronger and more competitive; first, it prepares my Seahawks much better for the playoffs.

    Also, it was miserable and embarrassing to be the weakest division in the league for far too long.
    I’m still not over backing into the post season with a 7-9 record a few years ago. It will take at least one or two more Lombardis to soothe that pain.

  58. As a Seahawks fan, I would hate that to happen but if it does then at least he’ll get more SB wins with a better OL

  59. The Seahawks have been contenders since the day Russell Wilson walked through their door. It’s easy to take him for granted. I don’t mind making a change as long as you can find a better QB. But making a change just to make a change isn’t always the best thing for the franchise. Show me a better QB that you have under contract, and I’ll personally open the door for Wilson to walk out. The key words being “show me”.

  60. @ mogogo1 says:

    “I can’t figure out what exactly the article is asking. If he has a no trade clause then they can’t trade him unless they could convince him to waive that clause. So, is it saying they might trade him after he signed a different contract that didn’t have such a clause?”

    A no-trade clause is an amendment to a contract, usually relevant in American professional sports, wherein a player may not be traded to another club without the player’s consent. That is all there is to a no-trade agreement, so as long as he agrees to a trade, he can still be traded even with a no-trade clause in his contract.

  61. I can’t believe they’re even talking about this. Finally, the “what if” and all associated in-depth quarterback speculations are going in another direction after fishing for Aaron Rodgers which seems like forever and catching nothing. Good luck Russell.

  62. I hope and pray that he plays until he is 45 years old for Seattle. Hint. I am not a Seattle or Russell Wilson fan. I think he and Seattle deserve each other. LOL

  63. That would probably never happen. Neither team is that stupid to trade a QB that is Elite or Neither team is stupid enough to deny that trade.

  64. californianewton says:
    May 15, 2020 at 12:45 am
    I hope and pray that he plays until he is 45 years old for Seattle. Hint. I am not a Seattle or Russell Wilson fan. I think he and Seattle deserve each other. LOL
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    If I were a 9ers fan, I wouldn’t be a fan of Wilson or the Seahawks either, since Wilson is 13-4 against the 9ers in a his career. Nut hey, if it did happen, then Garoppolo would rise up the ranks to be the third best QB in the NFCW.

  65. Nice Roast LBHawk

    LBHawk says:
    May 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm
    californianewton says:
    May 15, 2020 at 12:45 am
    I hope and pray that he plays until he is 45 years old for Seattle. Hint. I am not a Seattle or Russell Wilson fan. I think he and Seattle deserve each other. LOL
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    If I were a 9ers fan, I wouldn’t be a fan of Wilson or the Seahawks either, since Wilson is 13-4 against the 9ers in a his career. Nut hey, if it did happen, then Garoppolo would rise up the ranks to be the third best QB in the NFCW.

  66. A team with tons of cap room would have to trade for him. Cap hits of $37 million in ’22 and $39 mill in ’23 will make him tough to move. Perhaps starting QB money by then will be $75/per so he might be aa bargain and the ‘Hawks keep him and this speculation is moot.

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