The New Orleans Saints will likely watch future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees retire, and they may get another in Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.
Recently, we wrote three trades that the Saints could make for Russell Wilson. While those may not be what eventually happens, it’s clear that New Orleans is one of the teams in discussions for the star quarterback.
“Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando and Jayson Jenks of The Athletic reported Thursday the Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets are among the potential landing spots for the eight-time Pro Bowl selection,” Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels wrote off The Athletic’s report.
While this report is great to see, especially considering quarterback will be one of the team’s biggest needs heading into the offseason, it’s also troublesome knowing the cap room they’d have to clear to make it happen.
Russell Wilson is a superstar, and he’s being paid like one. He signed a four-year, $140 million contract back in 2019. With a good bit of dead cap as well, Wilson’s cap hit for just 2021 would be at $32 million.
It wouldn’t be the craziest thing to see Loomis pull off this type of magic, but at some point, it’s going to catch up with New Orleans.
They’ll undoubtedly have to let Trey Hendrickson and Marcus Williams walk. Along those lines, they have Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead along with Marshon Lattimore up for new contracts at the end of next season.
Wilson is great, but a subpar offensive line and defense in Seattle are what doomed him. That’s why it may be time for Wilson to find a new NFL home. After several years of failure in Seattle, much like Brees has seen over the last few years, the Seahawks are ready to move on.
Still a great quarterback, Wilson threw for over 4,200 yards last season. He had 40 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. One projected as the MVP favorite, Wilson’s late-season play and turnover-heavy games brutally killed his chances at that award.
The 32-year-old was a Pro Bowler and has a few years left on his contract. If the Saints can clear the space without destroying their roster, it makes sense, but we’d have to see what type of movement they’d have to undertake before bringing Wilson in.
That’s the real kicker, and it may make Jameis Winston a more viable option for the team moving forward.