Earlier this offseason, Russell Wilson was the center of trade talks and New Orleans Saints fans were loving it because the Saints were on Wilson’s list of teams he wanted to play for if he wasn’t with Seattle.
Now, of course, as we know, things appeared to be patched up between Wilson and the Seahawks but he spoke to the media on Thursday and said that he didn’t request a trade but was interested in those teams that were listed. Nick Shook of NFL.com provided the following quote:
"“I didn’t request a trade. Everything kind of started from there. Obviously, tons of teams were calling and I think that the reality was I didn’t want to go anywhere else, I wanted to play in Seattle. But if I had to go somewhere, these are the teams I would go to or consider. At the end of the day I have a no-trade clause, right?”"
Wilson made sure everyone knew that he didn’t want to play anywhere else and he wants to be in Seattle. Still, the fact that he confirmed an interest in playing for the Saints is definitely something to discuss, as this team would be a heavy Super Bowl favorite with Wilson under center.
Russell Wilson was interested in playing for the Saints.
It’s easy for Wilson to backtrack now and say that he was never interested in a trade but those stories several months back suggested otherwise. Wilson went on the Dan Patrick Show and was clearly frustrated at the lack of protection he had in Seattle and he was tired of getting pummeled week in and week out.
The Saints seemed like a good fit for him because Drew Brees looked to be on his way out and the New Orleans boasts one of the best offensive lines in the league. Throw in that they have two explosive weapons in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas and why wouldn’t Wilson want to play in the Big Easy?
Unfortunately, it became evident that Wilson wouldn’t be traded and now he’s backtracking completely and saying he never wanted to be traded. It still makes sense for Wilson to be interested in the Saints and hopefully, if the Seahawks continue to not make him feel appreciated, the Saints can take advantage and try to land one of the best quarterbacks in the league.