SEATTLE — Trade Russell WilsonAnd then, what?
This has been the obvious response to persistent speculation for the past 13 month. Seattle SeahawksThey could let go of their star quarterback. This is a reason to believe it was possible, even with the tension that lingers from last offseason.
They could trade Wilson to get rid of the most valuable player in the franchise's history. But what would the Seahawks, a team that plans on competing in 2022, do with the most crucial position in football?
“Then what?” “Then and now?” has become “Now what?” ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday. that Seattle will send WilsonTo the Denver BroncosIn one of the largest trades that the NFL has ever witnessed.
The answer to that question is less clear than it was last year when, according to one source, the Seahawks were closer than most realize to a deal that would've sent Wilson to the NFL. Chicago Bears. Seattle could have traded Wilson in order to place him as a replacement in a strong 2021 draft that saw five signal callers be taken within the first 15 picks.
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They now have a huge void to fill and the same question about who will fill it.
This draft, unlike last year's, is widely thought to lack top-tier talent as a quarterback. ESPN asked a talent evaluator for another team late in the season if they thought this year's QB class was as weak as analysts have said.
There are indications, both before and since last week's scouting combined, that the Seahawks haven't been sold enough about any of the prospects for this year's Seahawks to take them all in the first round and immediately replace Wilson.
It's also hard to believe that Pete Carroll, the Seahawks' coach (who turns 71 in September) would be willing to make a new start with a rookie who would require years of development before he could lead the Seahawks to another Super Bowl. It would also go against John Schneider's often-quoted credo of wanting to be “consistently championship-caliber” team.
One NFL talent evaluator stated that it was almost like trading Joe Montana last offseason, while wondering if Wilson would ever be traded. “You need Steve Young in your back pocket.”
After the Denver trade is completed, Seattle's only quarterbacks will be Jacob EasonA third-year development prospect, who has appeared in one NFL match. Drew LockThe Broncos will send to Seattle a 2019 second-round selection,. Lock's Total QBR is below 40 after three NFL seasons. He also played with a strong supporting cast in Denver so it's not clear that he's the long-term answer.
Geno SmithWilson scheduled to be a free agent but he showed Wilson during three fill-in starts last season that he's not.
All of this seems to indicate that another QB shoe could drop in Seattle.
The Seahawks might consider a trade. Deshaun WatsonIf the Houston TexansIn the 22 civil cases brought against him by women, quarterback was cleared of any wrongdoing have accused him of actionsThis includes sexual assault and harassment. This would be a messy situation, and Watson is unlikely to be available by 2022.
Seattle might be looking for a new quarterback to join the trade market, such as the Minnesota Vikings‘ Kirk Cousins?, Las Vegas Raiders‘ Derek CarrOder the Miami Dolphins‘ Tua Tagovailoa.
Wilson, 33, would see a significant drop in his performance if he was to be replaced by these QBs. Wilson is a dedicated man who takes care of his body. Wilson looked like he did at the end last season. This suggests that Wilson's midseason struggles were due to his finger injury, and not an indication of greater decline.
It's not like the Seahawks didn’t have time to prepare Wilson’s departure. Before Wilson's frustrations surfaced in February, it was obvious that the marriage was in trouble.
However, even if Wilson wanted to go — there are signs that he did — could he have really given up his public image and forced Seattle into his hands? The Seahawks could have made it work if they were determined, just as the Seahawks. Green Bay PackersThey have made a good deal with their once-unhappy QB. Aaron Rodgers.
The Seahawks must have had their own motivations to trade Wilson. There is a high-priced quarterback market that could be a top priority. Wilson still has two years on his current contract, so he would be eligible next offseason to get a huge raise from the average $35 million of his 2019 extension. His next deal could cost him $50 million per annum.
The Seahawks may have considered it unsustainable to continue spending that much money and still have enough to field a championship-caliber squad around Wilson. The Seahawks enjoyed Wilson's rookie contract for three years before he was granted his first megadeal in 2015. They might have had pre-draft interest because of that. Patrick MahomesIn 2017, Josh AllenOne team source claims that the Seahawks would have taken Mahomes if he had fallen to them a year later.
The Seahawks never thought that trading Wilson was possible due to the cost and the strain in their relationship. Surprisingly, it's happening right now in an offseason when there is no clear way to replace Wilson.