Russell Wilson‘s future with the Seattle Seahawks is up in the air, as multiple reports have stated the Pro Bowl quarterback is upset with the franchise and could request a trade this offseason. The dual-threat signal-caller has a no-trade clause, so he would fully control his trade request if he requested one.
If Wilson does want out of Seattle, the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, and Chicago Bears are the only teams he would go to, per ESPN.
On Monday’s edition of “First Take” on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith revealed the team Russell Wilson should play for, and Max Kellerman was shocked.
Stephen A. Smith explains why Russell Wilson should want to play for the Cowboys instead of the Seahawks
Stephen A. Smith hates the Cowboys, particularly their fans. The ESPN pundit believes Cowboys fans are the most delusional fan base in sports and always takes pleasure in seeing the team fail.
That’s why Max Kellerman was shocked when Smith said Russell Wilson should request a trade to the Cowboys. Stephen A. shared on “First Take” how Wilson could capitalize on the notoriety that comes with being the Cowboys’ quarterback.
“Russell Wilson should want to go to the Dallas Cowboys,” Smith said. “If you’re Russell Wilson, imagine how you would stand to benefit if you were a member of the Dallas Cowboys. You would obviously be in the midst of a marketing machine. You would receive your just do in terms of attention, in terms of cachet, not to mention nationally televised games, the list goes on and on and on. You got a beautiful wife in Ciara who’s an entertainer extraordinaire. I have no doubt in my mind that all of this noise about Russell Wilson wishing to depart from Seattle has a lot to do with her, as well it should. I see it all coming together.
“If I were Russell Wilson, the ideal place for him to play, because he has nothing to prove, we know he’s great and we know he’s going to continue to be great. And as a result of that reality, the bottom line is if you were playing for a team like the Dallas Cowboys, with all the unwarranted attention they garner, he would actually make them relevant.”
The Cowboys are America’s Team and the most talked about sports franchise. Wilson is better than Dak Prescott and would turn Dallas into a legitimate playoff contender.
Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman will always root for the Cowboys to lose, but Smith believes Russell Wilson would shine in Dallas, both on and off the field.
Why is Russell Wilson upset with the Seahawks?
According to ESPN, Russell Wilson’s frustrations with the Seahawks go beyond pass protection and his “perceived lack of say in personnel decisions relative to other top quarterbacks.” He wants more of Seattle’s offense to go through him.
Wilson has expressed frustration over all the hits he has taken. The 32-year-old was sacked 48 times and 2019 and 47 in 2020. The Seahawks went 12-4 in 2020 and won the NFC West. However, the team lost to the LA Rams in the Wild Card Round by a final score of 30-20.
In the early part of the 2020 season, Wilson was in the MVP conversation. However, he tailed off toward the end of the campaign, mostly because Seattle’s offensive line couldn’t protect him.
Wilson has been sacked 394 times in 144 regular-season games, which is the most in a player’s first nine seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, per ESPN.
Russell Wilson threw 40 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2020 while racking up 4,212 passing yards. The Seahawks better fix their relationship with the seven-time Pro Bowler, or else they could lose one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Will Deshaun Watson or Robot Russell get traded?
Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans and wants out as soon as possible. Like Russell Wilson, he has a no-trade clause in his contract.
The Texans don’t want to trade Watson, while the Seahawks have not approached Wilson about a trade despite other teams noticing that tension has been built.
It will be fascinating to see if Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson gets moved this offseason.