It’s a safe bet to say everyone in New Orleans would love to see the Saints sign Russell Wilson this offseason. As for it actually happening…
Wilson recently reaffirmed his commitment to the Seahawks and seems intent on staying in Seattle for the foreseeable future. But he and the Saints have been tango-ing ever since the 2021 offseason when Wilson accidentally-on-purpose released a list of potential trade destinations he’d be interested in, a list that included the New Orleans Saints.
While all of this rampant speculation remains just that, a prominent NFL analyst spoke about just how good the Saints would become if Wilson were to join in 2022.
Dan Orlovsky went on NFL Live to explain why the Saints should be going after Russell Wilson with all of their money, draft picks, and trade assets this offseason.
New Orleans Saints can still entertain trade for Seattle’s Russell Wilson in 2022
According to Orlovsky, the Saints would automatically become a NFC championship-contending team with Wilson under center. They’ve already got Michael Thomas, a potentially top-five defense, solid coaches in Dennis Allen and Pete Carmichael — they’re just missing that one, looming piece of the puzzle. A top-ten quarterback.
If the Saints re-sign Terron Armstead, which remains a huge “if” given Armstead’s contract demands and NOLA’s cap situation, the team needs to be aggressive in seeking an elite quarterback who can carry the Saints deep into the playoffs.
Right now, that quarterback is Russell Wilson, regardless of his verbal commitment to Seattle. New Orleans would have to give up likely three or four first-round picks (and maybe Jameis Winston, too) to even get Seattle’s attention, but the guy they get in return could stabilize the offense for the next five years.
Keep in mind the Saints don’t have to battle the Joe Burrows and Josh Allens of the league. In the NFC, which just lost Tom Brady and may not even have Aaron Rodgers in 2022, that championship is completely up for grabs. Kyler Murray, still on his tantrum timeout, has fallen far down his pedestal. Matthew Stafford and the Rams represent the team to beat in the NFC, but even Stafford has his turnover-prone cracks in his armor and LA may have trouble re-signing all their expensive weapons.
The Saints are just one Russell Wilson-caliber quarterback away from making a Super Bowl run in 2022. Why not go out and get the real thing?