NFL Rumors: 3 Potential Landing Spots For Russell Wilson

The Seattle Seahawks finished last in their division and outside of the playoffs for the first time since 2017 after a 7-10 finish.  Franchise quarterback Russell Wilson's name has been passed around in rumors all season and the Seahawks' lack of on-field success has led many to speculate that the 7x Pro Bowl quarterback could be on his way out of Seattle and onto potentially greener pastures.  Wilson has maintained that he would like to stay with the Seahawks organization according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, recently stating in a press conference:

We've always thought I would be here, that's been always my goal, to win multiple Super Bowls, and my plan is to be here and do that. You take every day and you just enjoy the moment.
But while he says he would like to remain a Seahawk, the former Super Bowl champion is 33, and his time as one of the game's top quarterbacks and his chance at another Super Bowl dwindles with each passing season.  If the 10-year veteran isn't satisfied with the long-term outlook in Seattle, and what moves they do or don't make this offseason, he could demand a trade.  

Here are 3 teams rumored to be in on the Russell Wilson sweepstakes, should they commence:

Miami Dolphins

Former 5th overall pick Tua Tagovailoa had led the Dolphins to 10-6 and 9-8 records in his first two pro seasons, but Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier could be open to a potential trade if it means upgrading to a player such as Wilson.  This one boils down to if the Dolphins decide to play it safe and bank on internal development, or if just narrowly missing the playoffs the last two seasons push them to make a move for a veteran franchise quarterback.  The Dolphins are also said to have Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on their radar.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Perhaps one of the more obvious choices, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a massive hold under center now that 2x Super Bowl Champ Ben Roethlisberger has called it a career after 18 seasons - all with the Steelers.  They also have great receivers with or without resigning JuJu Smith-Schuster, and a number of other talented players on both sides of the ball.  With the addition of Russell Wilson, the Pittsburgh Steelers could be serious contenders next season.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders were able to make the playoffs despite all the controversy surrounding the team, but despite their success, they have a long offseason ahead of them with important decisions to be made on both players and personnel.  General Manager Mike Mayock was let go, and no word has been given on interim head coach Rich Bisaccia's future with the team.  With this much turnover, one might wonder if  3x Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr is the long-term answer in Vegas, coming into the final year of a 5 year, $125,000,000 million contract.  If team ownership can't justify splurging on a new contract next offseason on a quarterback over 30, perhaps the two years remaining on Wilson's deal are more palatable.  Furthermore, it's been reported that Mark Davis is into the idea of trading for Wilson.

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