The Seattle Seahawks have decided to clean house this year. The once-dominant team with one of the most imposing defenses in the NFL and a versatile star quarterback is rebuilding with their days of contending in the NFC seemingly over for the time being.
Although it appears the departure of big-name players in Seattle is over, the one player who was thought to be safe, Russell Wilson, might be available for the right price in a trade. The Seahawks have yet to commit to one-time Super Bowl champion long-term prompting some to believe he could also be headed elsewhere in the near future. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Seahawks could get an enormous haul in exchange for their star quarterback.
Allowing Wilson to enter the final year of his contract at a time when contracts continue to soar and the cap continues to increase significantly (and could so even more with a wave of gambling-related revenue on top of the now-massive streaming rights) is risky, and Wilson's trade value would be at its peak next winter, with some general managers I spoke to believing Wilson could fetch potentially three first-round picks in return.
As Canfora mentioned, star quarterbacks across the NFL are cashing in from Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, and Aaron Rodgers setting the bar high. Wilson is definitely deserving a massive new deal, but it remains to be seen if they want to move forward with the four-time Pro Bowler or continue their attempt to start from scratch when the time comes.
It'll be interesting to see what moves the Seahawks make moving forward and if Wilson is in their long-term plans.