Rumors about a possible trade of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson have yet to come to an end, especially after president Chuck Arnold sent a letter to season-ticket holders this week. The letter mentions multiple players and coaches as reasons to be excited about next season but omits one key player — Wilson.
The letter details recent team events, including records set last season and some new hires — only a handful of players were mentioned, including wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.
While it still seems unlikely that the Seahawks would part with the franchise quarterback — especially after a 12-4 season — the team continues to leave that possibility open.
Wilson, who has played nine seasons for the Seahawks and won a Super Bowl, posted three of his top four season passer ratings over the last three seasons.
In 2020, he averaged 263.3 yards per game, threw for 40 touchdowns against 13 interceptions and was seventh in the NFL with a 105.1 passer rating, per the Chicago Sun Times.
Since drafting Wilson, the team has gone 98-45-1 and made the playoffs in 8 of 9 seasons.
Wilson also has three years and $70 million left on his contract and trading him would result in a $39 million dead-salary-cap hit for the Seahawks this season, the article details.
With the Bears desperate to fix their quarterback situation, could Wilson really be a contender?
“Former No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky flamed out and trade acquisition Nick Foles floundered,” the article details. “Foles is the only quarterback currently under contract and is signed through 2022.”
If the rumors about Wilson are true, then he and Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson are the top quarterbacks who could potentially be available this offseason.
If the Bears can’t make that happen, Raiders’ Marcus Mariota or the Jets’ Sam Darnold shouldn’t be left out of the mix.
In terms of free agents, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor, Andy Dalton, Alex Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick are likely the best quarterbacks on the market.