The 2021 NFL off season has been pretty crazy already with quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz all already on the move. Is Russell Wilson also gonna be a mover when it’s all said and done? If I had to make a guess, he’s staying in Seattle. But hey, I also said Tom Brady wasn’t leaving New England.
When the offseason started, Russell Wilson was heavily linked to a lot of trade rumors. He also expressed his frustration at the insane number of sacks the Seahawks have allowed, along with their inability to go out and get a solid offensive line. Like i said, I think he’s staying put but that doesn’t mean he definitely is.
Here are some potential landing spots if he decides to go.
The Bears have been struggling at quarterback for some time now. Jay Cutler had his moments but for the most part, he was just disappointing. They also had a chance to solve their problem in 2017. The Bears had the number 3 pick, they then traded to the number 2 pick. They picked Mitchell Trubisky over quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, and Lamar Jackson they’ve been paying for it ever since.
They’ve been haunted over the fact that they passed up on 2 of the best quarterbacks currently in the NFL. Trading for Russell Wilson won’t be cheap for Chicago but if they pull it off he can turn them from a middle of the pack team, too serious Super Bowl contenders. Their defense has been pretty elite for a while now but they’ve been held back while waiting for the offense to get going. Wilson just could be that answer
New Orleans Saints
If Drew Brees retires, you couldn’t ask for a much better transition then going from Brees to Russel Wilson. Brees hasn’t officially retired but it seems like a right time for the saints to start looking at the future. Sean Payton has publicly stated that he thinks Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill both have the ability to be franchise quarterbacks
Those statements are easy to make, and could also very well be true. But Russel Wilson wasn’t available. Payton knows that Wilson can do things no quarterback on New Orleans roster can do. The Saints’ salary cap situation isn’t looking good and they’d have to clear out a lot of space to afford Wilson. But if they can acquire a top-5 quarterback in the league, that would make them easy Super Bowl favorites.
Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr is by no means the Raiders biggest issue, but there is no way he’s their solution either. Russell Wilson has experience in making teams with flaws into top tier NFL teams. Coming out of the 2012 NFL Draft, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was a huge fan of Wilson and I’m sure he’d love to land him in a trade.
Russell Wilson would fit well with the Raiders. They run a similar offense then the seahawks and have younger bodies on offense. In my opinion if Vegas landed Wilson they would be able to compete with the Chiefs who just won their 3rd division title in a row and most likely make the playoffs annually.
The Raiders have now relocated to Las Vegas and are hoping to welcome fans in next season. Nothing would help their cause more than adding Wilson to the team.
New York Jets
If there is one pro of being in the Jets current position, it’s that they should be open to do literally anything. The Jets have no identity and now that they’re probably missing out on Trevor Lawrence they’re still searching.
Wilson could be there guy. When Wilson first stated his frustration a lot of rumors were circulating that he would’ve liked to go to the jets and although it was never confirmed that he was the one who said it, it was never denied or backtracked.
If the Jets added Wilson and maybe a couple of potentially talented receivers the Jets’ situation may start to look up.
San Francisco 49ers
The 2020 season might have been a wake up call in San Fran on just how injury prone current quarterback Jimmy Grappolo is. Ever since Grappolo got there it’s been a fear of the 49ers. The whole league should know by now just how durable Russel Wilson is and if he ever was to end up in San Francisco it’d be an instant impact.
San Francisco has the space and the need for Wilson but would Russell Wilson really want to stay in the same division let alone go to his biggest division rival? Tough to say but the 49ers would be more than happy to bring him in.