Which of Russell Wilson’s four preferred teams will make a move to get him?

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With Russell Wilson‘s agent identifying the four teams for which Wilson would waive his no-trade clause, the message becomes clear. If any of those four teams — Raiders, Bears, Saints, Cowboys — want Wilson, now is the time to make a move.

So will one or more of them make a move?

The Raiders surely are intrigued. G.M. Mike Mayock has said on multiple occasions over the past two years that the team constantly looks for upgrades at every position, quarterback included. Few people not in Derek Carr‘s immediate family would say that Russell Wilson doesn’t represent a major upgrade over the team’s incumbent starter. Surely, Mayock and coach Jon Gruden have begun figuring out what they could do to entice the Seahawks, a bitter Raiders rival while in the AFC West from 1977 through 2001, to #LetRussCook for the Baccanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. What would it take? Presumably, Carr plus picks plus maybe some other players. On Friday’s PFT Live, Peter King suggested safety Johnathan Abram and receiver Hunter Renfrow as possibilities; I mentioned running back Josh Jacobs.

The Bears, who otherwise have no clear path to an obvious upgrade over Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles at quarterback, surely must be intrigued. They could dangle pass rusher Khalil Mack plus multiple draft picks. Whatever they do, they should make an aggressive effort to get Wilson, who arguably would walk through the door as the greatest quarterback in franchise history.

The Saints surely must be intrigued. Wilson and coach Sean Payton, working together, could make the Saints even better than they’ve been with Drew Brees at quarterback, especially since Wilson has a much stronger arm and much greater mobility. Taysom Hill would become an obvious candidate for shipment to Seattle. Beyond that, the Saints should just say to the Seahawks, “Who do you want?” As the Saints scan their roster for veterans who may be sacrificed for cap reasons, maybe one or more players about whom the Saints are on the fence can help get the deal done, along with the draft picks that surely would be required.

Last, and certainly not least, are the Cowboys. The first step would be to not apply the franchise tag to quarterback Dak Prescott, allowing him to leave as a free agent — and setting the stage for a compensatory draft pick in 2022. Then, the Cowboys would have to conjure up a reverse-Herschel Walker package that would satisfy the Seahawks without gutting the roster and undermining the team’s chances of getting another Super Bowl win during Jerry Jones’ remaining tenure as the owner. Would they want offensive linemen? Ezekiel Elliott?

Even if Wilson represents an upgrade over Prescott (he does), the investment needed to get Wilson would make it harder for the Cowboys to get to a Super Bowl (or to an NFC title game, a place they haven’t been since 1995) sooner than later.

The biggest challenge for Seattle, if they trade Wilson, becomes replacing him. Deals with the Raiders or Saints would give them an alternative, if Carr or Hill, respectively, become part of the package. With the Bears or the Cowboys, a three-team deal could be needed to get the Seahawks their quarterback, with the Bears or Cowboys sending part of the overall trade package to a team that would then ship a quarterback to the Seahawks.

None of it matters unless the Seahawks are willing to listen. Unlike the Texans, it seems like Seattle hasn’t slammed the door on the possibility. Now that we know the teams for which Wilson would play, those teams should be busting their butts to come up with ideas for upgrading their own quarterback situations by making the Seahawks an offer they won’t refuse.

Again, if the Seahawks don’t view Russell Wilson the same way Russell Wilson views Russell Wilson, the Seahawks should happily take the best offer from a team that does — and that crafts an offer to reflect it.

66 responses to “Which of Russell Wilson’s four preferred teams will make a move to get him?

  1. I think the asking price and his recent behavior make any trade impossible. He’s more interesting in becoming Lamar Jackson instead of a passer.

  2. Definitely the Saints, and really only out of necessity. Not saying the others wouldn’t be, but Gruden hasn’t (totally) turned on Carr and Wilson would be facing some of the same problems know LV that he is in Seattle. Dallas just needs to use this lowered salary cap as an excuse to lock up Dak cheaper than usual, and the Bears…well, who knows.

  3. Hopefully it’s the Bears.
    Would the Bears be better with Russell Wilson? Absolutely.
    Especially in the first year of this deal, they may even challenge for the NFC North in 2021.

    But, eventually, the weight of this trade will drag the Bears down.
    It has to by some degree.
    And then, you’re still left with a superstar/diva QB no more happier than Seattle has today.
    Only a few years older.

  4. Up until yesterday, I didn’t buy into all this hoopla of Wilson not being content. But apparently between him and Watson, anything goes this offseason.

  5. khalil mack…lmao the 30 year old making 25 mill a year…yeah, that’s who they should trade for…

  6. Raiders plus Chucky = a great marriage waiting to happen, trade Carr,Abram and a 1st round pick draft… a strong defense and Wilson has all the tools he needs to win-receivers,tight ends,running backs and a O-line that can protect him–Wilson in Chucky’s twisted mind–1/800/raider line 1—get this deal done yesterday!

  7. Gotta be something else to this. There is no offense to run in Chicago. Payton’s style doesn’t fit with him. Raiders? I honestly think carr is fine there. Dallas I guess maybe. But he’d want out as soon as Jerry opened his mouth about strategies. None of these teams even have the money to take his salary. And def wouldn’t spend luxury tax and lose lots of firsts. Mack for Russ straight up?

  8. Saints and hawks agree on a trade and drew comes back to ruin it like he did with Tompa Brady.

  9. everything ive read has the saints ridiculously over the cap. how could they possibly add wilson’s contract?

  10. The Bears have a worse offensive line and worse outside weapons than the Seahawks. Also, they’re up against the cap with little depth due to several years of trading away draft picks. Why on earth would he want to go to Chicago?

  11. To answer your question, zip, zero, none, do pigs fly?
    Let me guess then Sea trades with Jags for ?????

  12. RW->LV, Carr-> Hou, Watson->Sea

    Mix and match with other draft picks/trades as necessary, but there’s a framework that could work.

    RW-> out of NFC
    Watson-> out of AFC
    Carr-> inevitable divorce with Gruden consummated

  13. Please stop the Wilson to the Raiders nonsense. The Raiders are set with Carr and if you look at the statistics there similar. Carr will lead the Raiders and will have his contract extended soon.

  14. It would be wise to not publicly anounce preferred destinations because that drives the cost up for those teams to acquire him. Dumb move. He’s taking more licks away from his new team which isn’t going to help him bring in new pieces for a supporting cast.

  15. Seattle wouldn’t be a bad landing spot for Zeke and Dak and Russell Wilson makes the Cowboys and automatic contender with, Lamb, Copper, and Gallop as a receiving core. Straight swap.

  16. Whichever team is crazy enough to pay him $40 million a year to hand it off. We’ve seen what happens when Seattle lets him throw. Seven turnovers in two games.

  17. I frankly don’t see how the cap works for any of those teams except maybe Dallas, and even then it’s dicey.

  18. Wilson 2020 stats. 68.8% completion, 4212 yards, 40 TD, 13 int.
    Carr 2020. 67.3 %, 4103 yards, 27 TD, 9 int.
    I don’t get the argument that Wilson is leaps and bounds above Carr. Better WR in Seattle, but better TE in LV, plus factor in the salary for each player and the fact LV needs defense. You really think LV is trading a bunch of picks for an older more expensive QB who storms out of meetings and thinks he should get to decide how to run the offense? I don’t and quite frankly I’d rather have Carr.

  19. I always assumed that with Dallas, a deal would have to Prescott. Admittedly, I am not very well informed on Seattle’s ability or desire to pay big QB money.

    I think if the Cowboys traded Elliott and a combination of draft picks, it wouldn’t necessarily hamstring their ability to get to a title game in the near future. Assuming their o-line is healthy next year with Collins and Smith returning as every down starters, Russell could lead them to a title in his very first year throwing balls to Cooper, Lamb and Gallup.

  20. I can’t see the Saints making a play for him. They have cap problems of their own. They are currently sitting at ~$260M which puts them $75M over. The last thing they need to do is trade draft picks (cheaper players) and add $35M+ for a guy who prefers running over passing. The other three teams are also already over the cap. The only reason it would make sense would be if the team trading (their future away) for Russ are on the verge of winning the Super Bowl. I don’t think that applies to any of these four teams.

  21. Carr is nowhere close to being on the level of Russell Wilson. Wilson wins the Raiders 2 more games max, and completely changes their offense.

    The Seahawks O-line was statistically the worst O-line in the last 8 games. These are just the facts. Wilson carried the worst defense in history for the first 8 games. Carroll has not proven he can draft or build a team well since 2014 and has had Wilson bail him out over and over again. Wilson is criticized for holding the ball, when Allen, Mahomes, Rodgers all hold the ball just as long, or longer but have an O-line to prefer them. Allen held the ball the longest in 2020 according to Next Gen.

    Another team will likely respect Wilson more. They’ll draft O-linemen in the first round, they’ll sign free agents that actually contribute, and they’ll give Wilson the same level of respect Josh Allen, and other QBs receive from the beginning. He won’t be called a brat, because all Wilson is asking for is basic level respect. The kind of respect some QBs never have to fight for despite their success. Seems to me fans want some QBs to know their place and “shut up and dribble.” While other QBs get taken care of. Could you imagine if for example, Deshaun Watson or Justin Fields pulled an Eli or Elway and said they wouldn’t play for certain teams? Wilson is a good man and the Seahawks should treat him better.

  22. There is a world where the Saints could get Wilson. The Saints would have to trade Cameron Jordan, Marshawn Lattimore, and Ryan Ramczyk, as well as, a 1st or so picks. The Saints would then need to restructure every contract on the roster (including Wilson’s). The Seahawks would need to give extensions to their three new players to recover their cap space. Michael Thomas may also be considered to be traded as he seems unhappy.

    Even if the Saints restructure every possible contract they will still be about 10 million over the cap this year, so there will have to be some sort of fire sale or blood letting. But if they could turn that situation into Russell Wilson they should. At the same time if Wilson and the Seahawks are heading for divorce this kind of trade would cost a lot of cash, but they may be able to wrangle Thomas or even Karmara from the Saints and have enough talent to surround a rookie QB or journeymen FA QB (Brissett, Fitzpatrick, Winston, etc) to be competitive.

    Dallas should/could put the non-exclusive franchise tag on Dak to trade him.
    Raiders make a lot of sense Carr + picks for Wilson.

  23. The long shadow of Jay Cutler would hang over any deal the Bears make to bring Russell Wilson to Soldier Field.

  24. When will y’all learn…Saints are way over the cap BUT IT’S POSSIBLE. They can add Russ if they want to. It’s just a matter of how much they’d want him.

  25. It ain’t going to happen. This is all off-season media driven hype to capture a few clicks from us internet druggies.

  26. The Seahawks O-line was statistically the worst O-line in the last 8 games. These are just the facts. Wilson carried the worst defense in history for the first 8 games. Carroll has not proven he can draft or build a team well since 2014 and has had Wilson bail him out over and over again.
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    All 28 players they’ve draft the last 3 years are still in the League.

    Lockett (2016) Pro Bowler
    Shaq Griffin (2017) hard to believe, but he was a Pro Bowler
    Frank Clark, 2x Pro Bowler
    Justin Britt started 6 years

    DK might be an all-time steal
    Dickson is arguably the best punter in football, and an underrated game changer

    Other than the McDowell pick, its hard to point out any catastrophes. And that was McDowells doing, not the Seahawks.

    Nobody is going to confuse this with 2010-2012, but we can call out plenty of teams that have done worse for themselves.

  27. Anyone who thinks the Bears offensive woes will be fixed with only an upgrade at the QB position (as Wilson would be) is fooling themselves. And the future assets having to be given up would hamstring the next GM/HC combo who are coming in 2022…..

  28. A team would have to mortgage the farm to get Wilson, and then be unable to pay to put the pieces around him. I don’t see him going anywhere.

  29. The Cowboys would rather sign Dak to a long term deal. Wilson is NOT an upgrade at QB no matter what Florio thinks. Gruden seem intent of keeping the inconsistent Carr, although Mayock thinks an upgrade at the QB position is in order. I agree with Mayock. Right now I think Gruden has all the power. The Saints would be interesting. Right now Brees has yet to retire and the Saints have cap problems. Is Winston really the man in New Orleans? What about Hill? The Saints situation is worth watching. Da’ Bears really do need an upgrade at the QB position. Do the Beers have enough players the Seahawks want to be able to swing a trade?

  30. Wilson is not a “major upgrade” over Derek Carr, certainly not a big enough upgrade to justify trading him and picks and players for Wilson.

    I know of one area where Carr is a major upgrade over Russell Wilson: Attitude!
    Wilson has changed over the years. He is no longer that humble team guy, Mr. “Go Hawks” at the end of evey interview. He got a big contract and now wants more control over the franchise. Have you ever heard anything even close to that from Carr? He just wants to do his job as the leader on the field and win. He is very much a team guy.

    Don’t do it Mayock/Gruden!!

    P.S. I am not in Derek Carr’s immediate family.

  31. No team trades a Franchise Quarterback unless they are forced.

    A QB, like Wilson, is worth more than having the #1 pick in the draft. Some teams go decades without finding a franchise QB.

    Seattle is a much better team than many people think. They play in, arguably, the toughest division in the NFL, yet they make the playoffs almost every year.

  32. Carr, according to Pro Football Focus, is a top 8 QB, just 2 slots behind Wilson, and you list possible trades with the pieces of Carr, draft picks and the best thing on defense and also toss in a top offensive player too, MAYBE the Pro Bowl running back. Ya, that sounds like a great idea.

  33. In what world does the Cowboys path to Russell Wilson include letting Dak walk?? I’ve been a GM for zero hours in my life, but the capital you give up in signing and trading Dak is far less than just trying to scrape assets together to pick trade for Wilson. Seattle would need a QB to replace Wilson too so of course sending Dak accomplishes that. Dak and the Cowboys #10 pick (possibly with a future mid rounder too) would do it.

  34. People. Stop it with the Carr stuff. Wilson is quite an upgrade all around. And stop putting out last years stats. Carr is the type of QB who will play well in spurts or for one year and then play bad the next. Wilson can be counted on as being the same top 5 to 10 guy every year. The cost is to high though and IMO no player should be telling the team how to run anything. They are an employee and should do their job the best they can and stop acting as if they are anything more than that.

  35. If Dallas could work a deal to get Wilson, they’d be a Super Bowl contender. With Dak, they are not.

  36. Seattle would need a QB to replace Wilson too so of course sending Dak accomplishes that
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    Seattle can’t absorb Russ $39mil cap hit

    So you want them to double down and take on Daks enormous franchise tag hit also?

    $37.7mil

    That deal is impossible.

    .. oddly enough, the Hawks could take on Watsons contract ($10.5mil) but Houston wasn’t on Russ’ list.

  37. If Dallas could work a deal to get Wilson, they’d be a Super Bowl contender. With Dak, they are not.
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    They are not, under any circumstance.

    See McCarthy, Mike

  38. binkystevens says:
    February 26, 2021 at 10:09 am
    The Bears have a worse offensive line and worse outside weapons than the Seahawks.
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    Not true. Chicago’s offensive line played great to finish the season with a top 5 rusher in Montgomery. And that’s without standout guard James Daniels who’s coming back next season.

    Russ instantly puts the Bears on par with Green Bay, especially after they lose Aaron Jones and Lindsey.

  39. Suddenly, the NFL is turning into the NBA. Players now want a say in how the team is run, who plays for them, etc. Not good…

  40. I wouldn’t think Seattle would want to trade Wilson, but then again they’re leaking stories about him “storming out” of meetings (which I highly doubt) to make him look bad, and his agent is floating stories about where he’d want to go.

    There sure are a lot of leaks in the NFL these days – usually designed to make players look bad.

  41. Russ throwing his line under the bus and publicly calling out the team is damage control for his precious, monstrous ego because he knows more than anyone that he was garbage after teams learned how to defend his sandlot scramble deep bombs. It broke his brain and he couldn’t adjust. Add to that that he’s too short to throw the quick slant, too selfish to just throw the ball away instead of taking a sack for a huge loss of yards, and his contract, and he’s just not worth what he brings to the table anymore. His difference maker used to be his mobility. Age and all the weight he’s put on over the years has taken that advantage away. Schotty walked because he knows Russ is done now that the league has figured him out.

    The Seahawks need to jump at any legit offer they get. His contract has hamstrung the Seahawks and will hamstring any team he goes to. Anybody who watched him play the 2nd half of last year knows his play doesn’t justify that contract.

  42. If the raiders make a move, they should try to do it without giving up Jacobs or Abrams.

  43. jwalker90 says:
    February 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm
    In what world does the Cowboys path to Russell Wilson include letting Dak walk?? I’ve been a GM for zero hours in my life, but the capital you give up in signing and trading Dak is far less than just trying to scrape assets together to pick trade for Wilson. Seattle would need a QB to replace Wilson too so of course sending Dak accomplishes that. Dak and the Cowboys #10 pick (possibly with a future mid rounder too) would do it.

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    As a Cowboys fan, I would welcome this. Obviously we don’t have the real story as to why Dak hasn’t signed a deal, but all I know is that he turned down 35 a year plus 110 guaranteed while only having one playoff win on his resume. Essentially, we’d be giving up a QB with a sense of entitlement for a better, more accomplished QB with a sense of entitlement.

  44. His contract has hamstrung the Seahawks and will hamstring any team he goes to.
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    Couldn’t be more wrong

    Hes owed $19mil, $19mil, $22mil for 2021-2023

    Seattle eats all the bonus money, the roster bonuses vanish.

    That is THE best imaginable circumstance for a team that trades for him.

  45. tigershark0052 says:
    February 26, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    If the raiders make a move, they should try to do it without giving up Jacobs or Abrams.

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    Jacobs, an argument can be made but Abram has not lived up to his draft status. He is always out of position, misses tackles, and his coverage skills are mediocre.

  46. So assuming Seattle would want Dak as part of a Wilson to Dallas trade, how does that actually work?
    Do Dallas tag him, trade him and Seattle then do a new contract so he doesn’t actually play on the tag? (and does this count towards his career tag total?) or do Dallas sign him under the understanding he won’t actually play for them and then eat any bonuses to sweeten the pot for Seattle and balance that Seattle are doing the same on Wilson’s contract? if so does Dak actually negotiate with Seattle instead of Dallas?

  47. The Raiders would improve the most by getting a solid QB, and they have a lot of young talented players they could trade. Las Vegas would be rocking if Wilson were to come to town, and Gruden would get his ticket into the HOF. It just makes too much sense.

  48. Any team that trades for Wilson is going to deplete their roster then on top of that have to pay Wilson $40M and then on top of that the next time his contract comes up he will insist that he be the highest paid player in the league. Wilson’s ego has taken over and it will ruin his chances to win another Super Bowl. As much as it hurts me to say it, Tom Brady did it right by not demanding the highest salary (even though he deserved it) and leaving enough money for New England to put people around him. Wilson (and Dak Prescott) could and should learn a lesson from Brady.

  49. itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    February 26, 2021 at 9:54 am
    I think the asking price and his recent behavior make any trade impossible. He’s more interesting in becoming Lamar Jackson instead of a passer.

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    Your comment is hilarious! Recent behavior? Has he been arrested for domestic violence, excessive drinking or drug use? No.
    Is he consistently doing charitable work in his community? Is he the consummate professional, on and off the field? Yes.

  50. keithdylan says:
    February 26, 2021 at 12:06 pm
    Carr, according to Pro Football Focus, is a top 8 QB, just 2 slots behind Wilson, and you list possible trades with the pieces of Carr, draft picks and the best thing on defense and also toss in a top offensive player too, MAYBE the Pro Bowl running back. Ya, that sounds like a great idea.
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    THANK YOU!

  51. Hold up. Did he seriously just say step one for Dallas would be to let Dak walk as a free agent to get a comp pick? Like, as opposed to tagging and trading him for the majority of the draft capital that could be rerouted to Seattle? Wow Florio, glad you aren’t the GM for my team.

  52. Not a seahawk guy that is for sure. Always felt like Wiilson might have IT and it ends up he had it in spades. Almost drafted, and then traded to my team, but….

    For you guys who are trying to compare Russell Wilson to Derek Carr or Dak Prescott….

    Really?

    …come on

    No

    He would transform either one of those franchises.

  53. Tom Brady did it right by not demanding the highest salary (even though he deserved it) and leaving enough money for New England to put people around him. Wilson (and Dak Prescott) could and should learn a lesson from Brady.
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    Maybe Brady should learn from Brady.

    He was the 4th highest paid player in all of football last year.

  54. Any team that trades for Wilson is going to deplete their roster then on top of that have to pay Wilson $40M
    ———

    2021 – $19,000,000
    2022 – $19,000,000
    2023 – $22,000,000

    Tom Brady 2021 – $28,375,000

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