Could Russell Wilson really leave Seattle?

Russell Wilson is the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. While at Seattle, the superstar has accomplished a lot for himself and the team. Wilson is an eight time pro bowler, a Super Bowl champion, holds the record for most wins by an NFL quarterback through nine seasons which is 98 and is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passer rating over 100. In 2015, he led the NFL with most passing touchdowns with 34. His career stats consist of 33,946 passing yards, 2,820 Passing completions, 4,335 Passing attempts, 261 passing touchdowns and 21 rushing touchdowns. He has been a Seattle Seahawk all his life, but he might now be looking for an exit.

Russell Wilson wants out of Seattle, and like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The only thing that the audience knows is just rumors, but with multiple sources reporting the same speculation, it sounds distinctly possible to say the least. There has been talk around the front office for certain as the Seahawks have been making calls to the Houston Texans’ front office. This makes sense on the fact that Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston as well.

When discussing the possibility of a trade, Russell Wilson did suggest a list of preferred teams to join. Near the top of the list, the Chicago Bears were a possibility. This could go in his favor as well, because, as of now, under contact all the Bears have is Nick Foles. Not to discredit Nick Foles, but Russell Wilson is a phenomenal talent. A few other teams Wilson listed were the Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints and the Las Vegas Raiders. However, it is perhaps safe to say that the Dallas Cowboys are ruled out of the decision now, after re-signing Dak Prescott to a four year 160 million dollar contract.

This trade is such a big deal because Russell Wilson is frustrated with the Seahawks organization, and has clearly stated that on the air. One issue that the Seahwaks see from this trade is that they are losing their franchise quarterback, and their backup quarterback is Geno Smith. Not to say that Geno is incapable of leading the Seahawks to the postseason, but it will definitely take some hard work and determination for him to get it done. In essence, the Seattle Seahawks are looking for a franchise quarterback out of this trade.

There are many other factors that come into play with this trade trying to happen. Option one, the Seahawks trade him to the Las Vegas Raiders for Derek Carr, and Russel Wilson being such a high profile player one assumes the Raiders would give up some draft picks/future draft picks for him. Option two, trading Wilson to the Bears. There isn’t much to offer on the Bears’s end, except for hopefully the Bears have bad seasons and the Bears bite the bullet and get rid of their future first round picks. Option three, trade to the Saints. They are in need of a quarterback possibly, but their problem is they are around 50 million over cap, so they do not have anything to really offer the Seahawks. That could be out the question as well.

Importantly though, Russell Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning that he would have to personally approve of any potential trade for it to occur. Should he elect to move to a new team, it will certainly mean he thinks he has a chance to return to a Super Bowl. Russell Wilson is an outstanding quarterback and will fit any team he goes too. The question remains, which team will that end up being?

Post Author: Joseph Breedlove