The news surrounding the hypothetical “Russell Wilson to the New York Giants” trade continues to be reported.
This offseason has introduced a new hypothetical for the New York Giants. Quarterback Eli Manning is now 38-years old. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants a new long-term deal that he may or may not get. Considering both truths (with the Giants in need of a long-term plan at quarterback), Seattle trading Wilson to New York could be a possibility.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed in February that Manning would be back for 2019. The Giants also paid Manning his $5 million roster bonus in March. This essentially confirms he’ll be on the roster for the 2019 season. Therefore, the rumors of a Wilson trade to New York faded.
Now more reports are coming out regarding the situation. Earlier in April, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reported that Wilson had a date in mind for his contract. Wilson essentially gave the Seahawks an April 15 deadline for a new long-term deal. That specific day is when Seattle begins its offseason program.
That day finally comes this Monday. Therefore, this Monday may be a big day for the Giants front office if a Seahawks-Wilson deal doesn’t come to fruition.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu is now getting into the mix regarding the situation. This past Saturday, Mathieu took to Twitter to express his opinion on what Wilson especially desires.
Russ wants New York. But you ain’t heard that from T.. https://t.co/AWGBUAjaWj
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 14, 2019
That doesn’t mean Wilson will be a Giant, even if he truly possesses the desire. If the Seahawks end up paying him the amount of money he wants, Wilson will most likely stay in Seattle for the long-term. However, you never know what his decision will be until it’s made.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk recently gave his take on the hypothetical trade.
Florio writes “Per a league source, the Seahawks think that Wilson would like to play elsewhere, even if he hasn’t and wouldn’t ever say it. They also believe that this unspoken dynamic will cause Wilson to drive a harder bargain with them than he would with another team.
“Yes, Wilson and his agent, Mark Rodgers, continue to talk to the Seahawks about a long-term deal. And, yes, under the right financial circumstances, Wilson will sign what would be a third contract in Seattle. But if the Seahawks won’t pay whatever it is that Wilson wants from the Seahawks, the question becomes whether he’d want that same amount from a different team.”
Wilson threw for 3,448 yards for 35 touchdowns and only seven interceptions for the Seahawks in 2018. This earned him Pro Bowl honors and helped bring Seattle back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.