Could superstar quarterback Russell Wilson be leaving Seattle after nine seasons with the organization that drafted him?
There may be even more quarterback movement this offseason than originally expected; Russell Wilson‘s camp has reportedly introduced the idea of a trade from Seattle.
Wilson is apparently frustrated with his current organization, who’s failed to find him consistent offensive line help amid him begin sacked at least 40 times each of the last eight seasons.
This obviously isn’t the first time the Jets have been linked to a potential trade involving a superstar quarterback this offseason. Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston and New York has been a possible suitor. Although, the Texan might be too expensive, to the point where offering three first-rounders and quarterback Sam Darnold may not be enough.
Wilson could require a tad bit different of a return given his age — he’ll be 33 this November. According to NFL Media’s Mike Silver, teams who have called the Seahawks about their superstar quarterback have formed the idea that three first-rounders for Wilson may be the basis for a legitimate deal. The Jets do indeed possess that type of capital given they own two first-round picks in each of the next two drafts.
The @Seahawks are staying quiet in the wake of Russell Wilson's recent comments… but that isn't stopping teams from calling to see if he's available… @nflnetwork @AndrewSiciliano pic.twitter.com/Xs3Xwp6A2L
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 22, 2021
It’s unclear if the Jets would be willing to give up that much for Wilson though, especially considering his current age.
If you were to trade for him, how many years would you really get out of him? That’s the question that will linger in any sort of trade discussion involving the 8-time Pro Bowler.
It’s a different story with Watson considering he’s nearly seven years younger and arguably a better quarterback at the moment when you take into account Wilson’s mid-season decline in 2020. Watson threw for over 600 more yards than Wilson while being sacked 49 times in comparison to Russell’s 47. Deshaun additionally threw fewer picks and recorded superior completion and yards-per-attempt rates.
The idea of trading for a guy like Russell Wilson may seem intriguing. However, Watson might be more talented right now and drafting BYU’s Zach Wilson at No. 2 might be better for the long-term future of the organization.