What is there not to like about Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson? As a football player, he is smart, fast, quick, possesses a rocket arm and is a tireless worker. As a human being, he’s well spoken, humble and all indications point to him being a genuinely great person who is a positive role model for all of his fans. What else could fans of the Seahawks like about Wilson that hasn’t already been stated?
How about what he could fetch in a trade?
Last season the Washington Redskins traded three first-round draft picks and a second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams for the right to select Robert Griffin III, who was a promising prospect at the time.
At this time, Wilson is a proven commodity who has a full NFL season under his belt in addition to valuable play-off experience. He would command at least what St. Louis received from Washington and there are plenty of NFL teams who would be wise to bite if they wanted a franchise signal caller.
What some teams passed on several times last April would now command a king’s ransom that somebody may be willing to pay. People may have laughed at Washington for what it gave up last year, but they weren’t laughing when they were losing to the Redskins and their rookie quarterback during the season.
There are three potential suitors for a franchise quarterback who own picks two through four in the upcoming NFL Draft: the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles. Would either of those teams be interested in Wilson and at that cost? If so, would the Seahawks be wise to bite?
If the previous teams wouldn’t trade at least what the Redskins offered the Rams last year, what about the ones drafting 6-9 (Cleveland, Arizona, Buffalo, and the New York Jets)?
The Seahawks are one of the few teams in the NFL that has two starting caliber quarterbacks. They would still have quality at the position if Wilson were moved and there would be plenty of additional ammunition to continue stockpiling young talent in the near future with all of their loaded drafts in the coming years.
Hypothetically speaking, would you rather have Wilson and an early-mid round draft choice for Matt Flynn or would you rather have Flynn and at least three additional first-round picks to go along with another second rounder if the opportunity presented itself?
Last year Washington gave up the sixth and 39th picks, in addition to two more first-round picks in the future to secure the number two-pick. Can you imagine what the Seahawks would be able to do to with extra first and second round picks this year and two additional picks in round one the next two years?
Let me be clear, I do not think Flynn is a better quarterback than Wilson. I thought that last year at this time, but not now. In addition, I would not consider trading Wilson unless the Seahawks could get at least what St. Louis received from the Redskins as compensation. However, there comes a point when every “untouchable” player must be made available if it is in the best interest of the organization.
I know quarterback is the most important position in all of professional sports, but if the play of that position was all that mattered, then a player like Dan Marino would have had multiple Super Bowl wins, while someone like Jim Plunkett, who has two big wins on his resume, never would have come close to winning the big game.
In addition, it wouldn’t have taken a great like John Elway 14 years to win his first. He only won the Super Bowl (twice) because Mike Shanahan finally built a good enough team around him. This is where all of the high picks would come into play if Wilson were traded. The Seahawks would be in position to have a stacked roster well into the future with a competent quarterback (Flynn) and this could lead to more continued success.
Personally, I would not trade Wilson unless the Seahawks received five first-round draft picks with one of them being in the top ten next month, but if anyone wanted to offer that, the Seahawks would be foolish not to listen.