Report: Teams believe three first-rounders the base for a Russell Wilson trade

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When Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went public with his desire to have a voice in personnel decisions and his frustration with getting hit too much earlier this month, word was that the Seahawks were unhappy about it and that led some to wonder if it was the first step toward a departure from the team.

Wilson said the question of whether he’s available in a trade is for the Seahawks to answer and teams have reportedly been asking. Michael Silver of NFL Media reports that one-third of the league has called the team about the possibility of a Wilson trade.

Silver adds that those teams have come away with the belief that the starting point for any serious conversations would be three first-round picks. That’s a bit different than word earlier this month that there was no chance that the team would trade Wilson, although it’s unclear if anyone has conveyed a willingness to move that number of assets to Seattle in a trade.

Trading Wilson would require the Seahawks to take $39 million of dead money onto their cap, although waiting to process a trade until after June 1 would allow them to push $26 million of it into the 2022 season. Silver also reported that the Seahawks got Wilson’s message and that there is an opportunity to alleviate his concerns before any trade would be on the table.

73 responses to “Report: Teams believe three first-rounders the base for a Russell Wilson trade

  1. Hawks gave up 2 first round picks for Jamal Adams and now want 3 for Russ. I don’t see it happening. Try strait up for Watson

  2. Why not just pull a Ricky Williams and just hand over ALL your picks for a year or two? Lol.

  3. I mean if the Washington Football Team gave up three 1s for RGIII, why wouldn’t they give up three more to get the QB they should have drafted and right their draft day wrong?

  4. Maybe a couple 2nds. Wilson isn’t a pocket QB and his elusiveness has faded over the years. Heaving a deep pass to Lockett after running for his life is the bulk of his production.

  5. Looks like Russ will be a Seahawk for awhile. I don’t see any team giving up three first-round picks and still having their GM employed.

  6. If this leaked from the Seahawks side (big if), there must really be some internal issues with Wilson.

  7. If that’s true, Ryan Pace get it done and save your job. Throw in Allen Robinson if you have to.

  8. QBs are playing longer than ever…but Russ is still too old to command 3 first rounders. Plus you can’t commit that much of your cap AND your cheap draft talent all to one roster spot and still remain competitive.

  9. The musical chairs of QBs is not going to result in SB wins for the moving QBs. Just sayin

    PS. There is only one Tom Brady.

  10. And the last time the Seahawks did anything useful with their 1sr round pick was many years ago.

  11. jrterrier5 says:
    February 22, 2021 at 4:52 pm
    The musical chairs of QBs is not going to result in SB wins for the moving QBs. Just sayin

    PS. There is only one Tom Brady.

    1 1 Rate This

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    Thanks to BB, who, you know, drafted and developed and protected the gangly, game managing qb for the first dynasty.

  12. Is there a single example of a team trading huge draft capitol for 1 player and having them get great return on it? I honestly can only think of cases where it didn’t go well.

  13. touchback6 says:
    February 22, 2021 at 4:59 pm
    jrterrier5 says:
    February 22, 2021 at 4:52 pm
    The musical chairs of QBs is not going to result in SB wins for the moving QBs. Just sayin

    PS. There is only one Tom Brady.

    1 1 Rate This

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    Thanks to BB, who, you know, drafted and developed and protected the gangly, game managing qb for the first dynasty.

    BB drafted & developed a lot of other QBs & none of the others turned out to win 7 SBs. Not sure why so many refuse to give Brady his due.

  14. Just because the GM for the Lions robbed the Rams GM and got away with it. Does not mean no other team will give up that kind of stuff for another player. That is insane and all it does is destroy a team’s leverage later on down the road. If an owner has a GM approach him/her with a silly request like that then the owner should let them go.

  15. Wilson = the Carlton Banks of football. Wilson has a promising future performing as a Carlton Banks impersonator at low level bars across the country once everything re opens.

  16. The starting point of three 1st rounders is nothing more than the Seahawks saying they do not want or plan to trade Wilson. But as it is with any asset, if the offer is enough they’d consider it.

    But for those who know the Seahawks and how little they value first round picks (see Adam’s trade) three 1st rounders wouldn’t come close to making it worthwhile to them without at least one of them being a top 10 pick. (Top 5 may be more like it.)

    So if you’re the Jets or the Jags start digging deep because you ain’t getting Russel unless you give up this year’s pick, two more firsts and probably another 2 to 3 2nd/3rd rounders. And oh yeah, be prepared to cough up another $30M to counter the Seahawks cap hit.

    So in other words a trade ain’t happening.

  17. If this doesn’t have the Raiders written all over it. I’m sure they’d be happy to give up Derek Carr & 3 1st Round Picks to get Wilson.

  18. Russ is awesome! I’d be happy to have him out of the NFC West. Worst of luck Seattle …just having some fun.

  19. Unless you are getting a franchise QB in return trading a franchise QB like Wilson makes no sense. Unless Seattle trades Wilson to get Watson, they will lose the trade. I’ve watched my Bills and other teams go without a franchise QB for years and these teams that have one seem to forget what it’s like without one — especially with how the league is now being a pass happy QB driven league.

  20. Saying 3 first rounders is meaningless as first round picks have vastly different value depending where in the first round. A couple of picks in the 20’s and and a first rounder in 2022 probably wouldn’t be enough. A lot of teams wouldn’t trade the 1st overall pick this year for Wilson, much less throw in two more first rounders.

  21. 39 million dollars in dead money if Russell Wilson is traded…it won’t happen this year….

  22. Look at all the first round busts, especially QBs. Wilson is a sure fired, proven home run. With the right team they’re going all the way.

  23. flavofaze says:
    February 22, 2021 at 7:34 pm
    39 million dollars in dead money if Russell Wilson is traded…it won’t happen this year….
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    That they can move $22mil of to 2022 if the trade is after June 1st, that’d cut the dead money to $17mil this season and that’s huge for the Seahawks since they only have $4.4mil of cap space as it stands now.

  24. Belichick called and said he’d give them a second rounder and they better not think to long about it because he may pull the offer quickly.

  25. I am pretty sure most teams would gladly trade their last three first rounders to the Seahawks for Russell. Half of them turn out to be duds, be better off with Russell.

    I am sure the Pats would gladly give up Harry/Michel/Wynn for Russ. Duds and injured for the most part. Am sure half the teams in the league would find the same.

  26. If true, Hawks want Watson money for Wilson. They won’t get it. Watson is younger and better. Fact.

  27. That “no trade” clause cuts both ways.

    Note that Wilson has not criticized the offensive line players. In the first half of 2020 season, the starters showed that they could deliver.

    The REAL PROBLEM is INJURY, which goes to a deficient strength & conditioning program. You can’t get to the big show on a third string center, and a bunch of hobbled guys, including injured running backs.

    The issues raised by Wilson were perfectly demonstrated when Pete Carroll played their third string center, instead of signing UFA Justin Britt, who already knew the system.

    Is Pete Carroll coasting into retirement, while Russell Wilson is peaking and driving toward the Super Bowl?

  28. Hmmmmm…..

    How about Xavien Howard, the #3 pick and a 2022 1st rounder with a 2nd and 3rd round pick thrown in? I’m not about the Watson trade, but Wilson i could see. Or Tua and the #18 pick? Seattle loves them big personality CBs who always feel underpaid…

  29. The dead cap hit is a problem. If the Seahawks want to trade Wilson and the buyer agrees to pick up his contract, why the cap hit? It’s the same thing that’s going to make the Eagles non competitive for three years with the Carson Wentz debacle. I could be better at understanding the business end of football but I don’t get this. It doesn’t help teams or the players who want to be traded and it hurts competitive balance. So what’s the point?

  30. Wilson continues to be underrated

    More wins in his first nine seasons than any QB in history

    2nd most TDs in first 9 season with 267, behind only Peyton Manning with 275

    For reference, Brees had 202 and Brady had 197

    And that’s despite having one of the worst OLs throughout his entire career.

    Seahawks are a 6-10 team without Wilson, just like they’re predicted to perform each year

  31. A lot of teams have 3 former first round picks on their rosters that haven’t performed anything like first rounders. Some were even really high picks. Maybe those are the 3 first round picks they’re talking about. Seriously, look at the rosters. Lots of teams have them, and they’d gladly part ways with them. I guess, if teams actually looked at their rosters, maybe they’d look at those future first round picks differently.

  32. Paul Allen would’ve set this in motion. He once acquiesced to Clyde Drexler’s cries that he wouldn’t have won a ring with the Blazers.

  33. Everyone wants Wilson and Watson traded except for the teams that they are contractually obligated to. I guess anytime a player bellyaches about something, they automatically become available lol

  34. One of those ‘1sts’ will be a QB going back to them. For example(and I’m not advocating for this, just an example), Darnold and 2 #1s + or Lock + 2 #1s ++, Bridgewater 2 #1s +, Cousins 2 #1s +, NE and N.O. probably can’t make a deal.

  35. 3 first rounders for Russ?… LOL! Keep him Pete, he can’t do it on his own, he needs a bunch of Pro-Bowlers and HOFers around him to have success.

  36. Petey wants another Lombardi before he retires, and he is not getting younger. There is no time to rebuild the team and to look for a replacement for Russell Wilson, who is probably the best QB who has played for him. I think Wilson is frustrated because he does not think the team around him is good enough to go to the Super Bowl. Petey and Wilson are stuck with each other until Wilson’s current contract expires in 3 years. Most likely 3 more years of quick exits from the playoffs, if they even make the playoffs.

  37. Just trying to keep up with the other silly trade offers on here

    Jalen Hurts, Ertz, Dillard (going home so he’ll definitely be awesome) and the Eagles two 1st round picks next year.

  38. Hear me out: Quarterbacks should become paid mercenaries. Sign 2-3 year contracts, make a ton of money and then move on to your next team. Teams could transition away from building around a QB and instead try to build the best roster possible and then add a QB in FA and make a run at a couple Super Bowls. When the window closes, trade your assets and prepare for another run by building up the roster with youth OR sign another QB. You wouldn’t have dynasties but you also wouldn’t have teams going 25+ years without making the playoffs. It would be a lot of fun to see player movement in the NFL. Full disclosure, I’m a Viking fan and they have basically taken this approach my whole life. The problem is they’re doing it out of necessity and no one else is on the same page.

  39. Is it me or is the price for starting QB’s starting to escalate out of control? Before we know it, it will be four number one picks and a new stadium roof for a franchise QB. Keep it real NFL.

  40. Three number one draft picks for a 32 year old QB.

    I don’t even have a joke here.

  41. curtis20 says:
    February 22, 2021 at 6:40 pm
    Deshaun for Russ straight up. Houston make it happen!
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    Why would anyone in their right mind think a 32 year old Wilson for 25 year old Watson would be a fair straight up trade? Houston would likely consider that with a 1st rd pick and another player attached .

  42. If i were Carolina i would offer those 3 picks right now. They would still have second round picks and could fill their remaining needs through free agency. Wilson with those weapons and good defense is instant contender.

  43. Steve Cunningham says:
    39 million dollars in dead money if Russell Wilson is traded…it won’t happen this year….
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    That they can move $22mil of to 2022 if the trade is after June 1st, that’d cut the dead money to $17mil this season and that’s huge for the Seahawks since they only have $4.4mil of cap space as it stands now.

    Ohhh…in that case…yes Steve, Seattle should trade away their best player/NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year/Best Seattle Seahawk in Team history/and best chance to win now….

  44. Three number one draft picks for a 32 year old QB.

    I don’t even have a joke here.
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    No serious injuries. Hasn’t missed a start in 9 years. Is as big a maniac as Brady as far as caring for his health.

    He will play into his 40s.

  45. I wish we could trade Wilson for Herbert. The offensive line wouldn’t have to block for 20 seconds waiting for Wilson to find a gap to throw through. Russ is great but if he stays in the pocket he’s useless. Herbert can see over the lineman and our Wide Receivers would destroy most secondaries. Since Russ is being paid a boat load of money maybe he should acknowledge his limitations and park his ego. No Russ they shouldn’t draft the shortest lineman available so you can see the wide open receivers.

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