Over the years, there have been various rumors around the NFL that have left many scratching their heads concerning the possible scenario. Many of which are often unfounded and were only there to spark chatter. However, others make you question the thought process behind potentially heading that route. That is certainly the case concerning one rumor that involves Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Russell Wilson’s NFL career
Since entering the league in 2012, Wilson has proven to be a cornerstone piece for the Seahawks.
He immediately experienced success from the onset as he quickly earned the starting job before his rookie campaign and has only further cemented his status in that role. Wilson has helped guide the franchise to the playoffs seven in his first eight seasons that include three NFC West division times, a pair of Super Bowl appearances, and the team’s first championship.
In the early years of his career, the Seahawks depended more significantly on the running game, which they have progressively transitioned over to Wilson leading the charge more considerably with his arm. Throughout that time, he has further earned the reputation as an elite quarterback in the league that possesses not only tremendous ability at the position but also outstanding leadership skills.
Despite Seattle’s continued success, there was reportedly some chatter two years ago that could have seen his time with the franchise end much sooner than expected.
Russell Wilson/Baker Mayfield rumors
Many rumors around the league are quite puzzling, which makes you question their validity.
One of those was recently unveiled by former NFL quarterback and current NBC Sports football analyst Chris Simms, stating that the Seahawks had called the Cleveland Browns about the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft with the offer of Wilson in a deal.
“I’ll say this and I’ve told you this before. I had heard a rumor from some people that I trust a couple years ago and Seattle called Cleveland when they had the No. 1 pick and there was this rumor going around the NFL that they offered Russell Wilson to the Browns the year they drafted Baker Mayfield … but I don’t know how serious those discussions were.”
It’s hard to believe that the Seahawks would move on from Wilson at that time as he had already proven to be their franchise quarterback. However, one aspect of the situation that brings some pause is that he was in the third year of his four-year, $87.6 million deal that ran through the 2019 season.
Keep in mind; the chatter had originated nearly a year before he inked the record-breaking four-year, $140 million extension in April 2019. That’s not to say that these talks were serious, but it makes one wonder could that situation happened due to that scenario.
Seahawks made the right decision
Regardless if there is any validity to these rumors, the Seahawks made the right choice to hang onto their star quarterback.
Wilson is the centerpiece of the franchise and has many highly productive seasons ahead of him. He is a massive reason for the franchise staying in the mix as a constant in the playoff picture while the organization continues to build a strong roster on both sides of the ball.
If the Seahawks had seriously considered that route, it would have been foolish for them to move on from what could arguably be the best player in team history. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had Mayfield landed in Seattle, but it’s one of those situations that may have been best served to remain how it unfolded.