Russell Wilson to the Saints? It’s unlikely but wouldn’t be unprecedented
As the Russell Wilson trade rumors began swirl – circulated by his agent, of course – I asked the following question.
How old is Seahawks coach Pete Carroll?
The answer is, he turns 70 in September. So, it makes no sense for a coach who is sprinting quickly to the next decade to change quarterbacks and start a rebuild.
Wilson is a franchise quarterback, and his agent has reportedly specified four potential teams his client would consider.
New Orleans, of course, would be one of them.
Russell Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle but, if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears, his agent Mark Rodgers said to ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2021
The Saints have a talented and still young team with a potential quarterback vacancy from the pending retirement of Drew Brees.
But why would Seattle even entertain a trade of Wilson to New Orleans?
If Wilson comes to the Saints, the value of any future picks Seattle receives in such a deal likely decreases as New Orleans wins a lot of games.
And why in the world would Seattle trade Wilson to another team in the NFC?
It doesn’t really make sense.
Still, the saber rattling in Seattle does.
A quarterback not seeing eye to eye with his organization isn’t something new. Tom Brady and the Patriots divorced last spring.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers always seem to be a combustible marriage, one in which we saw head coach Mike McCarthy fired and replaced with Matt LeFleur.
But that doesn’t stop Rodgers from saying the following after a loss to Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship Game. He said there were a lot of uncertain futures on the Packers, “himself included.”
It was an interesting comment from a player in the first season of a four-year, $134 million extension.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who benched quarterback Carson Wentz, was then fired.
So after that, Wentz was traded.
In Pittsburgh, there is even discussion of life without Ben Roethlisberger although it appears Big Ben will work with the Steelers to lower his cap number and return for another season.
Franchise quarterbacks and friction with the organization seem to go hand in hand.
Johnny Unitas and Colts coach Don Shula had an acrimonious relationship.
In New Orleans, two of the franchise’s best quarterbacks didn’t finish here. Archie Manning was traded by Bum Phillips to Houston and Bobby Hebert held out for the entire 1990 season before signing with the Falcons in 1993.
The day Hebert agreed to terms with the Falcons, a reporter drove up in his car to a jogging Atlanta head coach Jerry Glanville, who seemed shocked that Hebert was available.
“Who is the general manager down there,” asked Glanville.
That would of course be a former quarterback, the legendary executive Jim Finks.
If anyone understood acrimony between organization and quarterback, it was Finks, who was on both sides of the aisle.
So, the Wilson saga is nothing new.
But it would be shocking if he made his way to New Orleans.
The Saints would jump right to the top in the odds to win the February 2022 Super Bowl if somehow Russ ends up cooking in the Crescent City.
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Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…