The Seattle Seahawks appear to be crumbling, signaling the potential end of an era. After dedicating 10 seasons to the franchise, Russell Wilson could be playing elsewhere in 2022. One team could emerge as the perfect landing spot for the 7-time Pro Bowl quarterback, the New York Giants.
If the front office is finally willing to admit it failed by drafting Daniel Jones, the team could make an aggressive push for Wilson after the 2021 season.
Russell Wilson’s future in Seattle is up in the air
The Seattle Seahawks are in disarray right now. DK Metcalf is losing his cool on the field. Pete Carroll is getting impatient with the media. The red flags are adding up and could ultimately push Russell Wilson out of the door.
If this is the end of things for Wilson in Seattle, it’s certainly been a fantastic run. When Carroll and general manager John Schneider pulled the trigger on the former Wisconsin and NC State standout in the third round, surely they didn’t think he’d provide this much value to the organization.
Wilson has far exceeded expectations in a Seahawks uniform. He’s amassed 35,510 passing yards, 4,608 rushing yards, and 299 total touchdowns in 151 games. He led Seattle to its first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
Although Wilson is already a Seahawks legend, his time could be up sooner rather than later. Seattle’s offense has been sputtering ever since the veteran signal-caller fractured his finger in Week 5, which caused him to miss time. The team is still struggling in his return.
The 2021 campaign has proven that the Seahawks don’t have the pieces to contend for a championship as currently constructed.
At 32 years old, Russell Wilson likely wants to go to a situation that better suits him at this stage of his career.
The Giants are in prime position to make a run at the Seahawks QB
The New York Giants are another franchise in flux. With a 3-7 record, the only thing this team has to look forward to is the 2022 NFL Draft.
Third-year quarterback Daniel Jones is not the answer at quarterback, so where do the Giants go from here? Well, one NFL insider suggests New York could be setting themselves up to make an aggressive run at Russell Wilson in the offseason.
According to CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones, the Giants could go all-in to acquire Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks after the 2021 season.
“It’s time for the Giants to do something drastic if they want to get out of the basement of the NFL,” said Jones. The Giants have arguably the best trade package available.”
New York is on track to have two top-10 picks in the 2022 draft. The team also holds other draft capital and could even add in players to sweeten the deal.
Wilson is under contract with the Seahawks through 2023, but that didn’t stop him in the offseason before the 2021 campaign. He and his camp compiled a list of possible trade destinations. Seattle went 12-4 the season prior, so what will change his mind after a losing season?
The Giants have pieces in place to be successful with Russell Wilson under center. Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, and Kadarius Toney could be a strong core to build around.
More importantly, a move to New York makes sense for his family.
What would a trade mean for Daniel Jones?
If the New York Giants decide to trade for Russell Wilson, it would be interesting to see what happens to Daniel Jones. There’s a possibility the Giants include him in the trade package, but that would be assuming that the Seahawks want any parts of him.
Jones, the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2019, has yet to live up to expectations. General manager Dave Gettleman used high draft capital to take the former Duke quarterback.
Jones enamored the front office with his ties to David Cutcliffe and Eli Manning. However, with little to no progression shown over three seasons, he’s looking more and more like a failed experiment.
The Giants recently fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after an embarrassing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. His firing was warranted, as the offense performed horribly over the past two seasons. Still, the young quarterback deserves criticism as well.
New York could keep Jones as a backup if they land Wilson, but it would make more sense to see if another team will bite and provide value in return.
Regardless, this should be Daniel Jones’ last season as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants. Let the Russell Wilson to New York chants begin.
All statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference.