The NFL’s coaching carousel is spinning fast and furious now, and a few rotations this week may have eliminated some trade options for Russell Wilson.
Denver and the Giants were two of the bettor’s favorites as Wilson trade destinations, but both teams have hired new leaders who might not be interested in adding Seattle’s longtime star QB.
Giants owner John Mara and new GM Joe Schoen said they plan to stick with Daniel Jones, the sixth pick in the 2019 draft. They hired Brian Daboll, who helped refine Josh Allen from an inaccurate gunslinger to the multi-threat MVP candidate he now is. Daboll might be happy to take on the challenge with Jones, too.
Denver, meanwhile, is expected to make a run at Aaron Rodgers after hiring his OC from Green Bay, Nathaniel Hackett, to be the coach. Wilson obviously could be an option if Rodgers does not seem to be.
New Orleans was another possibility, but the departure of Sean Payton probably rules that out as a place of interest for Wilson.
A lot can and will happen over the next six weeks, but for now those three teams appear to be unlikely options for any move involving Wilson.
Per our recent list, the top remaining options would seem to be Washington, Philadelphia and Carolina. Wilson has possible reasons to like any of those three – with the NFC East teams being perhaps more desirable.
Another team that could offer mutual interest is Tampa Bay. Tom Brady reportedly is going to retire, so perhaps the Bucs will try to find another veteran passer to replace him. Rodgers or Wilson would be the top options. Would Wilson want to follow in Brady’s footsteps? Or would he consider that playing second fiddle and marring the “legacy” his ego wants?
While Pete Carroll hinted that the Hawks might consider moving Wilson, the latest word is that the Seahawks “have shown no interest” in a trade and would look to do so only if Wilson “forced” the issue.
Of course, just because they haven’t seemed interested now doesn’t mean they won’t listen when teams start calling again. And that should happen once teams have settled their coaching situations.