NFL Rumors: Russell Wilson Reportedly Names Four Teams He’d Like To Join If Traded

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Amid a series of blockbuster quarterback trades that are set to be finalized once the NFL’s offseason officially starts next month, a lot has been said about Russell Wilson and his allegedly contentious relationship with the Seattle Seahawks. Rumors fired up on Thursday night regarding the possibility that the eight-time Pro Bowler might soon be moved, and while it appears he has yet to officially request a trade, he has also apparently singled out four teams as potential landing spots.

Wilson Mentions Four Teams He’d Like To Play For

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In a tweet shared on Thursday afternoon and cited by CBS Sports, ESPN’s Adam Schefter cited Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, who stated that his client has not actually demanded a trade. He added, however, that the quarterback has named four teams — the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, and Chicago Bears — that he’d be interested in joining if he does get traded by the Seahawks.

As noted by USA Today, Wilson’s contract has a full no-trade clause that prevents him from getting shipped elsewhere without his permission.

Still One Of The NFL’s Best Quarterbacks On Paper

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According to his Pro Football Reference page, Wilson had another strong year for the Seahawks in 2020, finishing the regular season with 4,212 passing yards, 40 touchdown passes, and 13 interceptions for a QB rating of 105.1. Behind their longtime signal-caller, Seattle qualified for the postseason with a 12-4 record but lost to the Los Angeles Rams in Wild Card action.

The 2020 campaign also marked the first season of a four-year, $140 million extension that, for a moment, made Wilson the NFL’s richest player in terms of average annual compensation.

Wilson’s Apparent Frustrations With Seahawks Have Been Well-Documented

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Per USA Today, Wilson went public with his issues with the Seahawks in the aftermath of Super Bowl LV, appearing on The Dan Patrick Show and complaining that he’s “getting hit too much.”

“I want to be able to be involved because at the end of the day, it’s your legacy, it’s your team’s legacy,” the quarterback added. “it’s the guys you get to go into the huddle with and at the end of the day, those guys you’ve got to trust.”

Additionally, the outlet cited a report from The Athletic, which claimed Wilson was also increasingly unhappy with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and his seemingly conservative offense.

Bears Might Be The Most Logical Landing Spot

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According to CBS Sports, most of the teams Wilson supposedly prefers to be traded to might not be sensible destinations for the 32-year-old. The Cowboys, for example, are committed to re-signing Dak Prescott to a long-term deal, while it remains unclear whether Saints signal-caller Drew Brees will retire ahead of the 2021 season. The Raiders might be more “viable,” but as the outlet wrote, they seem similarly intent on hanging onto longtime starter Derek Carr.

As such, the Bears — who aren’t expected to re-sign Mitch Trubisky in free agency — might be the best option for Wilson due to their “desperate need” for a franchise quarterback.