Saints Rumors: Landing Russell Wilson won’t come cheap

Leigh Oleszczak
Russell Wilson (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Russell Wilson (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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With the Saints rumors floating around that Russell Wilson would waive his no-trade clause for the New Orleans Saints, it obviously has all of us talking about what it would take to get the Seahawks quarterback in the Big Easy.

When Wilson first voiced his frustrations last offseason, the Chicago Bears reportedly offered three first-round picks for Wilson but Seattle declined. That’s probably where the bidding at least starts for Wilson’s services, though it’s worth noting that the Seahawks said they weren’t interested in trading their quarterback this offseason. That could, of course, just be to get teams to offer even more.

The fact of the matter is that Wilson is nearing the end of his contract and Seattle is without a first-round pick in 2022 due to the Jamal Adams trade with the Jets, which has not worked out well. They might be willing to listen to New Orleans, especially if they end up with a top-15 pick in the draft.

Ethan Lee of FanSided proposed that NOLA send two first-round picks and Marshon Lattimore to Seattle in exchange for Wilson, which is steep but honestly doesn’t seem steep enough. If the Saints want a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, they’ll have to trade at least three first-rounders and a key player or two. It won’t be cheap to land Wilson but he’d make this organization a contender.

Saints Rumors: Trading for Russell Wilson is going to be costly

There are certainly pros and cons to trading for Wilson. The pros are obviously that he’s been to two Super Bowls in his career and is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Up until this season, he hadn’t missed a single start. Wilson always gives the Seahawks a chance to win and the Saints don’t have that with their current quarterback situation.

The cons are that it’ll be costly to acquire him. The Saints aren’t a team with much disposable income and that paired with the lack of first-round draft picks over at least the next three years wouldn’t give Wilson the best possible team to lead. Wilson’s also 33 years old and while quarterbacks can play into their 40s now, he’s someone who runs frequently so he does take more hits than most signal-callers.

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Be that as it may, Saints fans would be elated if the organization were able to bring Wilson to the Big Easy. He’d easily make them a Super Bowl contender again.

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