The Russell Wilson saga continued to evolve Thursday, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that whereas the Seattle Seahawks‘ Professional Bowl quarterback hasn’t demanded a commerce from the franchise the place he has performed all 9 seasons of his profession, his agent has a want checklist in case that situation involves move.
With the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints as Wilson’s targets in a “in case of commerce, break glass” state of affairs, we requested our NFL Nation reporters from every of these groups to put out their case for Wilson, and what it’d take to herald the star quarterback. Additionally, we take a look at what it’d take for the Seahawks to half with essentially the most embellished signal-caller in franchise historical past.
Why the Bears are engaging to Wilson: The Bears are determined for a franchise quarterback, and Wilson can be seen as a hero if he have been to get them over the hump. Chicago is sick of seeing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers dominate the division. Somebody who might unseat them would turn into an on the spot legend in a metropolis that loves its sports activities stars.
What the Bears must quit: The Bears do not have a quarterback the Seahawks would need in a swap of gamers, so it must be draft picks — excessive ones and numerous them. The issue now could be the Bears do not have a excessive choose (they’re at No. 20) this 12 months, so it could seemingly take a number of first-rounders.
How doable it’s — and what comes subsequent: GM Ryan Tempo may want a job-saving quarterback acquisition contemplating he has struck out with Mike Glennon, Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. So if the Bears are on Wilson’s checklist, then Tempo owes it to the franchise to place collectively the very best supply he can muster and hope the Seahawks change their thoughts and resolve to deal him. — Rob Demovsky
Why the Cowboys are engaging to Wilson: There are apparent on- and off-the-field concerns. On the sphere: Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and La’el Collins come to thoughts. The Cowboys have probably the most proficient offenses within the league. Additionally they play in a division that could be a lot simpler than the NFC West. Off the sphere, the Cowboys’ model sells. Whereas Wilson already is among the better-known gamers within the NFL, his model would multiply hooked up to the Cowboys’ star.
What the Cowboys must quit: A number of first-round picks as a minimum. The Cowboys have the 10th general choose on this 12 months’s draft, which might assist, however they must quit future first-rounders if no more picks and perhaps some gamers simply to land him. And in the event you’re asking about buying and selling Dak Prescott, nicely, they cannot. He is a free agent and even when they place the franchise tag on him for a second straight 12 months, Prescott must signal the tender earlier than any commerce could possibly be facilitated. He successfully might shut down any commerce speak just saying no or ensuring Seattle meets each monetary demand he would have.
How doable it’s on your staff — and what comes subsequent: Something is doable, however the Cowboys are dedicated to Prescott. They’ve made him their precedence and consider he’s their quarterback for the current and future. If the Cowboys get annoyed in upcoming talks with Prescott’s agent relating to a long-term contract, maybe they go to this selection, however it appears distant at finest. — Todd Archer
Why the Raiders are engaging to Wilson: Wilson’s ability set, along with his willingness and talent to increase performs along with his legs, is nearer to what Jon Gruden needs to do on offense, which may be elite when not slowed down a depleted protection which, the best way, the Raiders simply employed the architect of the Seahawks’ Legion of Growth, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, to repair. So there’s familiarity for Wilson there, in addition to with offensive line coach Tom Cable, who had the identical function when the Seahawks gained Tremendous Bowl XLVIII. Plus, think about all of the advertising and marketing alternatives for the Q Score-conscious Wilson within the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Maybe Ciara may even get a residency on The Strip?
What the Raiders must quit: With visions of Ken Stabler for Dan Pastorini in 1980 dancing in Raider Nation’s head, how a few starter-for-starter swap — Wilson for Derek Carr? The Raiders must throw in one other choose or participant as nicely simply to offset Wilson’s $32 million cap quantity for 2021. Carr has a cap variety of $22.125 million, whereas Marcus Mariota has considered one of (drumroll, please) $11.35 million. Now, it is laborious to see Seattle taking each QBs for Wilson, however one or the opposite must be concerned (Carr) after which Las Vegas must discover a suitor for the opposite (Mariota).
How doable it’s — and what comes subsequent: Very. However is there an urge for food to maneuver on from a QB coming off his career-best statistical season? From the pure monetary standpoint, shedding the cap numbers of Carr, who has $2.5 million in lifeless cash, and Mariota, who has zero lifeless cash, to get Wilson makes it almost a wash (the Raiders would nonetheless have greater than $1 million to shed). Gruden and GM Mike Mayock have lengthy stated they’ll all the time kick tires on gamers to see how and if a sure participant will enhance the roster. Anticipate tire-kicking to start, then, as Wilson, 32, has three years remaining on his contract however numerous mileage on his legs, and Carr, who turns 30 subsequent month and has two years left on his deal, is little question rising weary of the yearly offseason hypothesis. — Paul Gutierrez
Why the Saints are engaging: No staff on Wilson’s want checklist is extra Tremendous Bowl-ready than the Saints, who’ve the NFL’s finest report over the previous 4 seasons. New Orleans has one of many league’s most proficient rosters from prime to backside — together with celebrity playmakers in Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara and an excellent offensive line. As a bonus, Wilson would get the possibility to succeed Drew Brees, whom he grew up idolizing as a fellow undersized QB. The one downside is New Orleans’ salary-cap state of affairs, which might make it tough to maintain this roster collectively long run.
What the Saints must quit: This looks as if the most important hurdle, for the reason that Saints do not choose till 28th on this 12 months’s draft and certain would not choose a lot greater in future years with Wilson at QB. It is laborious to consider they might make the very best supply until Wilson offers Seattle no different alternative. The Saints would seemingly be keen to surrender a wealth of draft picks, maybe three first-rounders. However they’d most likely have to incorporate some elite expertise, whether or not that be Thomas, Kamara, CB Marshon Lattimore or OTs Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead. That would additionally assist New Orleans take up Wilson’s cap hit.
How doable it’s — and what comes subsequent: It would not be simple, for the reason that Saints have restricted draft worth to supply — and since they’re projected to be $65-70 million over this 12 months’s wage cap. However they’d be silly to not contemplate it with Brees heading towards retirement. The Saints can discover methods to push most of these cap prices into future years (together with Wilson’s) simply as they did all through Brees’ tenure. They could must commerce or launch a few core property to make it work, however Wilson can be price it. The Saints are constructed to win now with so many stars of their prime (and a number of other others like DE Cameron Jordan, LB Demario Davis, DBs Malcolm Jenkins and Janoris Jenkins of their 30s). — Mike Triplett
What might the Seahawks be in search of in a Wilson commerce? The Seahawks in no way really feel as if they must commerce Wilson, particularly for the reason that state of affairs has not escalated to the purpose the place he has requested to be dealt. They consider that scheme adjustments beneath new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron will scale back the hits and sacks on Wilson, thus assuaging considered one of his main sources of frustration.
However one of many core organizational philosophies is that they will contemplate every little thing. On the proper worth, they’d have to think about buying and selling Wilson. Logically, that worth would come with way more than the 2 first-round picks (after which some) they gave up final 12 months for security Jamal Adams. That supply would seemingly must both (A) embody a younger quarterback the Seahawks consider they’d win with straight away or (B) put them in place to draft that quarterback. They might then complement their roster round that cheap rookie contract the best way they did after they gained Tremendous Bowl XLVIII and almost repeated as champions the next 12 months, which was earlier than they gave Wilson his first megadeal. — Brady Henderson