In an off-season full of Quarterback possibilities, another one has apparently entered into the trade market.
According to an article from The Athletic, a rift has occurred between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks organization, over what has been described as Wilson’s desire to have his offensive role similar to that of Patrick Mahomes.
The case for Watson
DeShaun Watson is a top-ten Quarterback at the age of 25 and is entering his prime. Entering his fifth season, he has been to the postseason twice and has played relatively well in the playoffs. Despite his young age, Watson has more playoff experience than several Quarterbacks currently starting around the league.
What we have learned though is that Watson cannot carry an entire offense on his back yet. He will need to be surrounded by talent at the skill positions and be protected by a competent offensive line, neither of which was present in Houston this past season.
Watson does come with great pocket awareness, passing ability, both short and long. He also has an ability to scramble and do it safely, playing in all but one game the past three seasons.
The question that comes to mind, is will Watson have any influence on a new team’s ability to recruit free agents? Veteran free agents looking for a ring want to play for teams with strong quarterback play.
The case for Wilson
Russell Wilson’s credentials speak for themself. Entering his tenth season, Wilson is a former Super Bowl Champion, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, and owns several Seattle Seahawks records. Wilson has never missed an NFL start and has missed the playoffs only once in his career. If not for a questionable call, he would be a two-time Super Bowl champion.
Wilson has been a consistent winner with less than stellar offensive options, with a dominant defense, a poor defense, and a poor offensive line. Proving that he is on the level of carrying a team like Elway, Manning, Rodgers, and Brady, Wilson doesn’t necessarily need a stacked team to be a playoff contender.
Why is this important? It is because a trade for him will more than likely cost a team a couple of years of top draft capital. His ability to attract free agents and those who want to ring chase will more than make up for a lack of first and second-round picks.
His celebrity value and that of his wife, Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Ciara, will also be valuable to a franchise. Along with his charitable work and contributions, the attention and following that he has will be a welcome asset for his new team, if he is indeed traded.
These teams should be in their war room deciding on who to target and at what cost to their franchise: (note I do not list NFC teams)
- Cleveland Browns
- Denver Broncos
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Miami Dolphins
- New York Jets
Which Quarterback would you rather have on your team? Feel free to discuss: