The New England Patriots are exploring each avenue in terms of discovering their subsequent franchise quarterback, nevertheless it appears as if considered one of them has already been shut shut. Although Russell Wilson is reportedly a candidate to alter groups this offseason, the eight-time Professional Bowler has solely 4 most popular locations ought to he not stay with the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN that his shopper has not demanded a commerce regardless of latest rumblings suggesting in any other case. If push got here to shove, nevertheless, the 32-year-old would waive the no-trade clause in his contract for less than 4 potential suitors — and the Patriots should not amongst them.
Apparently Wilson would solely contemplate being traded to the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints. Whereas a commerce to a kind of franchises really happening does appear unlikely whatever the latest stories out of Seattle, there are few issues that may ever be dominated out within the NFL.
“There’s all the time an opportunity for every little thing,” as New England’s 2020 beginning quarterback Cam Newton not too long ago mentioned albeit in a distinct context (him presumably returning to the Patriots in free company).
A theoretical Russell Wilson commerce materializing may have a trickle-down impact on the Patriots as properly, even when they aren’t the group touchdown him. In spite of everything, the 4 golf equipment Wilson reportedly sees as a possible touchdown spot would all probably make some follow-up strikes that might then create a distinct dynamic for New England’s quarterback search. Once more, all of that is simply theoretical in nature, nevertheless it exhibits how simply the QB market can change.
Wilson going to Chicago, for instance, would possibly lead the Bears to half methods with one of many different quarterbacks presently on their roster: former first-round draft decide Mitchell Trubisky and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Each may enter the market if Wilson joined their present group.
Wilson going to Dallas, however, would undoubtedly result in Dak Prescott transferring on after 5 seasons because the Cowboys’ starter and one prolonged contract standoff. The very best quarterback to come back out of the 2016 draft, Prescott is without doubt one of the NFL’s most dynamic gamers and as such a goal for loads of groups — together with New England. In fact, the most certainly situation would simply be the Seahawks and Cowboys switching quarterbacks: Dallas would franchise-tag Prescott and transfer him to Seattle in change for Wilson.
Wilson going to Las Vegas, in the meantime, would put not only one however two Raiders quarterbacks onto the market. Marcus Mariota is already anticipated to be out there, and the current betting favorite to be the Patriots’ subsequent starter, whereas Derek Carr would then be a part of him. Each can be targets for New England below the fitting monetary circumstances.
Wilson going to New Orleans, lastly, would create a state of affairs during which each Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston would flip into candidates to be acquired by different groups such because the Patriots. Whereas each have their flaws — Hill has been little greater than a gadget participant, Winston struggled with ball safety in Tampa Bay earlier than being changed by Tom Brady — they may not less than entice another quarterback-needy groups.
On the finish of the day, a Wilson commerce can be a shocker it doesn’t matter what the latest stories say. The Patriots can’t and won’t depend on it occurring as a way to shake up the present quarterback panorama.
With all that mentioned, this story exhibits that the market is as risky because it has been in latest reminiscence. Each launch and commerce may have an effect on quite a few groups — their QB conditions and draft outlook. New England, slated to select fifteenth general in late April, will maintain a detailed eye on each improvement, and even whether it is nonetheless simply theoretical in nature reminiscent of a Russell Wilson commerce.