Amid a frustrating season that has produced just four wins, with one of those coming Sunday against San Francisco, it’s been rumored Russell Wilson could explore a change of scenery this offseason, forcing a trade elsewhere after a decade spent in Seattle. The Pro Bowl quarterback remains under contract through 2023, though according to league insider Jordan Schultz, formerly of Yahoo and ESPN, Wilson would “strongly consider” waiving his no-trade clause to join the Giants, Broncos or Saints.
All three could potentially have openings at quarterback with questions surrounding Daniel Jones’ long-term fit with the Giants, the health of Saints gunslinger Jameis Winston (an impending free agent) and Denver looking to upgrade from low-wattage game-manager Teddy Bridgewater. The New York media market might be most appealing to Wilson and his wife’s brand (he’s married to Grammy-winning recording artist Ciara), though in terms of roster construction, Denver may give him his best chance to win a Super Bowl, at least in the short term. Wilson’s reported interest in New Orleans likely stems from his respect for coach Sean Payton, a quarterback whisperer instrumental in the development of Hall-of-Fame shoo-in Drew Brees.
Tension has been building between Wilson and the Seahawks for some time with the 33-year-old expressing his frustration with the team’s direction by blowing off voluntary workouts and brainstorming a list of preferred trade destinations (which at that time included the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears) with his agent last offseason. Wilson, whose $35-million annual salary ranks fifth among starting quarterbacks, has struggled this season, averaging a pedestrian 226.9 yards per game—his fewest since 2018—while playing through a painful finger injury.
When healthy, Wilson, throughout his career, has been one of the league’s most exciting talents, wowing with his deep prowess and elite improvisation, routinely making magic out of broken plays. The Wisconsin alum ranks sixth among active quarterbacks in career touchdown passes (281) and seventh in passing yards (35,988). With Wilson and disgruntled Packer Aaron Rodgers both looking at ways to escape their current circumstances, we could be in for an unusually chaotic offseason in the coming months.