Russell Wilson is reportedly on his way to Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the Seahawks. The Bucs has allegedly “done a lot of work” to acquire him in the offseason in the wake of Tom Brady’s recent retirement, which was supported by many best Australian online casino at the time.
On Friday’s “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd reacted to these rumors and broke down what exactly he believes it would take to make this trade happen.
“Tampa is the kind of team that could address something Seattle needs,” he said. “They could give Seattle another pass rusher. They’ve got really good players inside the box. They could give Seattle a tight end, maybe a Cameron Brate. … Their offensive line — center, right guard — pretty good O-line. So they have things.”
Cowherd then went deeper into exactly how both sides could benefit.
“If I was Seattle and thought, ‘All right, we need to upgrade the O-line. Give me three first-round picks, I’ll take another receiver beyond DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, and give me a pass rusher’ … Seattle’s got some holes.
“Tampa’s got a really, really deep roster. And I don’t want just draft picks for Russell. You gotta give me starters. That’s the old secret in the NFL. Everybody thinks draft picks solve it. No. You give me a Pro Bowl-level … your best corner, your best pass rusher, and three picks. Then, it’s a different roster for us.”
The Seahawks finished last in the NFC West last season at 7-10, the team’s worst record since drafting Wilson. However, he boasts a 104-53-1 all-time career record.
The 33-year-old QB has thrown for 25-plus passing touchdowns in five straight seasons and six of his past seven. He was on pace for 30 passing TDs before a finger injury in 2021 that caused him to miss the first game in his 10-year career.
In the past five seasons, Wilson ranks eighth in the league in passing yards (18,866) and 10th in completions (1,603). He also ranks second in passing TDs with 165, behind only Brady (168). His 42 interceptions are the eighth fewest in the NFL, less than Dak Prescott (46), Josh Allen (46), Brady (51) and Matthew Stafford (53), and best online casinos south africa wants the player higher.
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Wilson to the Bucs might not make sense. First, the Seahawks would be trading him within the NFC, which is hard to imagine. Second, the Bucs are already facing some salary cap challenges with some key free agents to re-sign, and Wilson’s cap number for the next two seasons is massive.
However, there are other factors that might make this an eventual match. The Seahawks would probably prefer not to trade Wilson within the conference, but with a full no-trade clause, Wilson would have the power to choose his destination, should he inform the team that he wants to play elsewhere.
Rumblings of that sort of sentiment were in the news the last offseason, and after the disappointing season the Seahawks just had, it wouldn’t be surprising if those drums beat even louder this year.
If the Bucs do go after Wilson, it’s likely they would work some kind of contract restructure into the deal, if only to redistribute money over future years (with a new extension) to lessen his cap hit over the next two years.