Russell Wilson’s camp has reportedly introduced the idea of Seattle trading the superstar quarterback to another team.
Russell Wilson to Florham Park?
Of course, any glimpse of that wild phrase caused a commotion on Thursday.
Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando, and Jayson Jenks of The Athletic reported the Jets were one of the teams linked to a potential trade of the superstar quarterback when Wilson’s camp apparently “broached” Seattle about the idea.
The Jets? With a superstar quarterback? One that probably wouldn’t be as expensive in a trade as Deshaun Watson?
Yes, people went nuts, but the excitement shouldn’t last for long.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, notes that Russell hasn’t demanded a trade, but if that were to come to fruition, the eight-time Pro Bowler (who possesses a no-trade clause in his contract) would approve of a move to the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, or Bears.
Not the New York Jets…unfortunately.
Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson has not demanded a trade, his agent Mark Rodgers told ESPN. Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle but, if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2021
A number of teams around the NFL have reportedly called the Seahawks about their starting quarterback, and the general consensus is that three first-rounders would be the basis for a legitimate offer, per Mike Silver of NFL Media. That’s not as expensive as the potential price of Watson, who may not even be traded when it’s all said and done considering the Texans don’t wish to part ways with him.
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
Trading for a superstar quarterback who’s 25 years old and just led the league in passing yards with a putrid offensive line and no DeAndre Hopkins is one thing. But three first-rounders for someone (Wilson) entering his age-33 season? Who just underwent a mid-season decline in 2020?
The oohs and ahhs surrounding the idea of acquiring Russell Wilson is understandable — he’s a tremendous quarterback who’s one of the league’s best. But the long-term standing of the organization must be considered, and giving up that type of draft capital (which the Jets actually possess) for a quarterback of that age may not be overly beneficial.
But regardless of what you think of a potential Jets-Wilson development, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. Unless, of course, things change this offseason, which isn’t impossible — crazier events have transpired.