New Orleans Saints rumors are probably going to surround Russell Wilson all offseason until a decision is made regarding his future with the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson publicly stated his frustration last offseason and that’s what got the ball rolling here.
From the start, Wilson listed four teams that he’d be interested in going to and the Saints were one of those four teams. When Wilson spoke up about teams he’d be interested in waiving his no-trade clause for in the offseason, the Saints were once again on his list. They’re the only team to be in the mix on both of his lists, which could mean something but could also mean absolutely nothing.
Mike Sando of The Athletic wrote an article (you’ll have to be a subscriber to read the entire article) about Wilson’s offseason destinations and said that execs from other teams listed Cleveland, Denver, and New Orleans as “ideal fits”. Sando goes on to say that these teams make sense because of their offensive lines and good run games.
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Sando also discusses in his write-up if Wilson is declining, which is hard to argue about considering what he did this season. He mentions in the piece that an exec said people should assume the Seahawks quarterback is indeed declining and that’s what teams have to keep in mind when targeting him in the offseason.
Wilson missed games for the first time in his career this year and actually went on IR with a thumb injury. He returned and Seattle was pretty much out of the playoffs by that point but he hasn’t looked great since coming back.
Wilson currently has 2,875 yards, 22 touchdowns, and five picks while rushing for 178 yards and a touchdown with his legs. He hasn’t been bad by any means but is Wilson still worth three first-round picks? He’s 33 years old and coming off the first true injury of his career and with how he’s responded to that injury, I’m not sure the Saints can afford (literally) to make a big trade for the former third-round pick.
For now, however, Saints fans will continue to hear rumors about their team being a good spot for Russell Wilson.