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Russell Wilson
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Should Eagles Trade For Russell Wilson?

  • Justin Melo
  • February 10, 2022
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The Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles are both preparing to enter a crucial offseason despite being at different points in their roster-building process. Could their paths intersect this offseason in a shocking move? Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated recently shared a report that linked Wilson to a potential offseason trade to the Eagles. Rumors regarding Wilson's potential departure will surely dominate the offseason headlines for the second consecutive summer. Wilson was reportedly unhappy with the Seahawks franchise following a 2020 campaign that was largely successful (12-4) despite suffering an early postseason exit. The 2021 iteration of the Seahawks took a significant step backward as they missed the playoffs for just the second time in a decade. The Seahawks now find themselves at a crossroads and the 33-year-old Wilson may voice a preference to be moved via trade. Although the Eagles may be tempted to entertain such a move, they should fight temptation and stick the course with Jalen Hurts. Acquiring Wilson would strip the Eagles of a plethora of their built-up current and future draft capital. General manager Howie Roseman has done an excellent job positioning the Eagles for success in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Eagles currently own a trio of selections in the 15-19 range, due to a pair of trades with the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts. The Seahawks would undeniably request at least two first-round selections in exchange for Wilson's services, in addition to multiple mid-round picks and possibly a player or two (including Hurts). Wilson would provide an immediate upgrade on Hurts, but his costly acquisition would severely hinder the Eagles' ability to build a quality roster filled with appropriate depth. Wilson alone doesn't make the Eagles instant Super Bowl contenders. The Eagles must spend the impending offseason upgrading several positions across their roster, particularly at wide receiver, cornerback, and defensive end. Wilson has enjoyed playing for a Seahawks offense that is loaded with pass-catching weapons. Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are elite receivers that mesh nicely with Wilson's escape-artist ability and penchant for downfield attempts. Wilson wouldn't encounter anything even remotely close to this sort of pass-catching corps in Philadelphia, where the Eagles trot out the inexperienced DeVonta Smith and not much else at the receiver position currently. Taking on Wilson's sizable cap hit when paired with the disappearing draft capital would limit Roseman's ability to build around Smith in the receiver room while also having a domino effect on the rest of the roster. Wilson is a better quarterback than Hurts is, but this metaphorical scenario shouldn't be analyzed so thinly. Philadelphia impressively qualified for the postseason in 2021 with a work-in-progress offense based around Hurts' dynamic rushing ability. Wilson is ill-equipped to run Nick Sirianni's offensive scheme, which became more effective as 2021 trucked along. The Eagles are well-positioned to take another step forward in 2022 while possibly contending for a division title in the NFC East.  The Cowboys may get weaker as free agency looms large in Dallas with a number of key players set to witness their contracts expire. The Eagles are inching toward closing the gap. Derailing their progress by attempting to fast-track the process carries too large of a risk.