If Seahawks trade Russell Wilson, what’s their plan at quarterback?

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As a sense of unease and dysfunction hovers over the relationship between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, a persistent question emerges regarding the aftermath of a potential trade.

If Wilson goes, who replaces him at quarterback?

The Seahawks don’t keep a highly-competent backup on the roster, surely due in part to the fact that Wilson never misses games. There’s also a vague notion that coach Pete Carroll’s “always compete” mantra doesn’t apply to the QB1 position. (It will be interesting to see whether that changes in 2021, if Wilson stays.) So the easy answer is to say the successor surely wouldn’t be Geno Smith or Danny Etling of Alex McGough, the other three quarterbacks currently on the roster.

Some have suggested that the Seahawks can trade Wilson only to a team that would be able to include in the compensation package the replacement for Wilson. That’s a bit confusing; it narrows the universe of potential destinations for Wilson, and it overlooks the fact that the Seahawks could perform a separate transaction to get the Wilson replacement.

It won’t be as easy as it would be if, for example, the Raiders send Derek Carr to Seattle or the Saints ship Taysom Hill to the Pacific Northwest, but the fact that Wilson’s new team can’t include a viable quarterback replacement option shouldn’t kill the deal.

The Seahawks could sign a free agent, like Cam Newton or Jameis Winston or Mitch Trubisky, or Jimmy Garoppolo if he’s cut by the 49ers. They could trade for someone, like Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Darnold. They could use the draft picks they acquire in a trade for Wilson to move up and draft one of the quarterbacks in the 2021 class. (Not having first-round picks of their own in 2021 or 2022 due to the Jamal Adams trade could make that harder.)

There’s something else the Seahawks could do, if they trade Wilson. They could finally give Colin Kaepernick (who is only one year older than Wilson) a full and fair workout, undeterred by the possibility that Kaepernick would divide the locker room on the question of whether he or Wilson should play. (In 2017, given the lingering presence of veterans who resented Wilson, that was a very real possibility.)

Regardless, the inability of Wilson’s new team to give the Seahawks a quick and easy plug-and-play replacement at quarterback shouldn’t be an impediment to a trade, if the Seahawks decide that the time has indeed come to move on.

51 responses to “If Seahawks trade Russell Wilson, what’s their plan at quarterback?

  1. Good thing they destroyed their team with that Jamal Adams trade. lol

    Cooked for years and it likely senda Schneider and Carroll packing. A disaster.

  2. They might try to go all in to acquire Deshaun Watson. None of this will matter if they don’t build up their offensive line, though.

  3. Kaep is a viable option as much as Tim Tebow is an option as a starting QB.

  4. The Seahawks won’t be trading Wilson anytime soon due to cap ramifications and lack of teams who would be interested having the ability to match up compensation wise.Speculating on who would replace Wilson is premature in my opinion.

  5. Theoretically they sacrificed Rashaad Penny and LJ Collier plus a third rounder to obtain Adams. Not a disappointing opportunity cost if you look at his intensity and production on the field just for last year . The Seahawks pedigree and morale is such that they don’t pick high. Pete Carroll is the second most successful coach to The man who customizes his own sweatshirt sleeves. Luckily because of Wilson we haven’t been in a position to draft someone like Aaron curry or the endless amounts of quarterbacks that come and go because the NFL is so mean and nasty and full of greasy speed. Denver has been struggling for years to find a quarterback. Carroll and Wilson are the two most Legendary at their position in seahawks history.

  6. Ah, the off-season. Full of speculation and mock drafts. Last year it was Aaron Rodgers and the Packers not drafting any weapons and slapping him in the face by drafting a QB in the 1st round, oh my, what will they do?
    They went to the NFCCG.
    Russell Wilson will not be going anywhere.
    The cap hit and his no-trade clause will prevent that.
    He will be a Seahawk until his contract runs out.
    Look for the Seahawks to possibly trade up in the draft and take his eventual successor, I’d like to see them acquire Zach Wilson from BYU.

  7. It really is shocking more teams aren’t racing to sign a 33 year old QB and who hasn’t played since 2016. Especially one who has a 59.8% completion percentage in a league where anything below 63% has teams looking for your replacement.

    Maybe they can work Kaepernick, Jake Locker and Paxton Lynch out at the same time. Really cast a wide net while looking for a starting QB…

  8. If Seattle makes the trade with the Bears.. Then they have their answer at QB. Nick Foles, so it’s a Superbowl MVP for Superbowl MVP. Not to mention the drafts picks Seattle would get from the Bears. It’s a win win

  9. This is one of those things that would be such a shock that I would have to see it to believe it. Why would the Seahawks just let one of the league’s best quarterbacks walk out the door? Guess I’m still not over the Patriots letting Brady go. I guess that if they can let the GOAT walk AND win another Super Bowl,anything is possible. Seattle will be hard-pressed to replace Wilson with someone as good without paying through the nose.

  10. azbearsfan35 says:
    March 7, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    If Seattle makes the trade with the Bears.. Then they have their answer at QB. Nick Foles, so it’s a Superbowl MVP for Superbowl MVP. Not to mention the drafts picks Seattle would get from the Bears. It’s a win win

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    As a Broncos fan I can very much assure you Wilson wasn’t a Super Bowl MVP. Malcolm Smith won it. But they could have given it to the entire Seahawks d-line because the pressure they were able to get absolutely destroyed the Broncos that night.

    Wilson played well in that game, but he wasn’t the MVP.

  11. boogermcf says:
    March 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm
    Moot question – Wilson isn’t going anywhere.

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    You lost draft picks, Schneider has been terrible lately, Jamal Adams has leverge with his enabled ego from Carroll and will want 17-20 mil per, and Wilson comes in at 35 mil per. This means 1/3 of your budget for 53 players is tied to 2 players.

    Get it?

    You basically have to trade him.

  12. This is how you can tell we are between the end of the season and the draft, but not close enough to either.

  13. Russell Wilson will not be traded due to his 40 million dollar cap hit if he was traded.

  14. QB is the most important position by far these days but almost all of these star-QB-for-the-farm trades benefit the star’s soon to be former team. Three number 1#s plus other players is way too pricey even for a top 5 QB. The stars former team can trade one of the #1s plus an expensive veteran or two to move up and draft the next starting QB, then use the other picks for rebuilding the team around him with more cap space too and they will be better off in the long term.

  15. Sign and trade Dak, add Gallup (FA next year), Elliott (if they take his contract), 2nd round this year and next year for Wilson.

  16. Somebody will draft Trask in the first round and he will commence to lighting up the NFL. That kid is for real. Some team will get a steal late in the first round. He had no running game and torched Bama for 400 yards. How did Justin Fields do against the almighty Crimson Tide? A measly 194 yards BIG WOW.

  17. jakepandthechi says:
    March 7, 2021 at 12:53 pm
    Theoretically they sacrificed Rashaad Penny and LJ Collier plus a third rounder to obtain Adams. Not a disappointing opportunity cost if you look at his intensity and production on the field just for last year . The Seahawks pedigree and morale is such that they don’t pick high. Pete Carroll is the second most successful coach to The man who customizes his own sweatshirt sleeves. Luckily because of Wilson we haven’t been in a position to draft someone like Aaron curry or the endless amounts of quarterbacks that come and go because the NFL is so mean and nasty and full of greasy speed. Denver has been struggling for years to find a quarterback. Carroll and Wilson are the two most Legendary at their position in seahawks history.
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    What? Keep telling yourself that, especially when the Jets are drafting in the Seahawks place in the first round. Then in 2022 it will seem like deja vu when the Jets are once again drafting in the Seahawks place in the first round. Pete Carroll is the second most successful coach… yeah, his team just went 12-4, but only beat 2 teams that finished the season .500 or better. That’s why they got the boot in the first round of the playoffs. Rinse/Repeat.

  18. Seems like they want to just run the ball with a safe passing game. Say hello to Teddy B.

  19. Sometimes it’s better to get lucky, than to have a plan. Years ago, the Seahawks signed a big money free agent QB, and then they drafted a backup QB in the third round. The backup turned out to be Russell Wilson, and that big money free agent never played. It wasn’t like Seattle planned on Wilson becoming what he’s become. Joe Montana and Tom Brady were both drafted to be backups, too.

  20. This sounds like the type of trade where both teams end up worse off. The Bears will have to give up so much that Wilson will be a one man team and if Seattle can’t replace him it doesn’t matter how many draft picks they get

  21. I think Kaepernick would be fun as a Seahawk…..say every other team in the league.

  22. jakepandthechi says:
    March 7, 2021 at 12:53 pm
    Theoretically they sacrificed Rashaad Penny and LJ Collier plus a third rounder to obtain Adams.
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    you’re basically saying SEA’s scouting evaluation concerning top end players sucks. which, based on recent results, is accurate.

  23. Seattle’s last three season records…2018/10-6, 2019/11-5, 2020/12-4…but everyone outside of Seattle thinks the Seahawks are doomed to fail because of gossip….

  24. This whole idea just doesn’t work…the money in relation to the cap doesn’t make sense for either side of a deal here. I guess the lesson learned is don’t sign a mega contract with a team if you think you will hate working for them in the lifetime of that contract.

  25. jameshodges says:
    March 7, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    They might try to go all in to acquire Deshaun Watson.
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    They can’t go all in because Wilson does not want to play for Houston, and the Hawks gave away all of their draft capital for Jamal Adams.

  26. My two cents says the Hawks are caught off guard by his attitude or stance if you will and really its too late for them to do anything. If it was next year and a year older big difference but my hunch, they try and build up the o line and he stays put.
    What I dont get is why would the Bears of anything give up mulitple first for a guy his age with decreasing skills. He’s not running away form people anymore.

  27. touchback6 says:
    March 7, 2021 at 1:48 pm
    boogermcf says:
    March 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm
    Moot question – Wilson isn’t going anywhere.

    10 2 Rate This

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    You lost draft picks, Schneider has been terrible lately, Jamal Adams has leverge with his enabled ego from Carroll and will want 17-20 mil per, and Wilson comes in at 35 mil per. This means 1/3 of your budget for 53 players is tied to 2 players.

    Get it?

    You basically have to trade him.

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    Speaking of enormous egos….remember when BB refused to play Malcom Butler in the SB when Brady had over 500 passing? I don’t think that the Eagles even needed to punt once in the game…. THAT is why Brady (and Gronk) was ready to leave when his contract was up

  28. Stop dreaming. The 49ers ARE NOT going to cut Jimmy G. People who keep trashing Jimmy G. has zero credibility. He is a better quarterback than Russell Wilson. Period.

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