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3 Potential landing spots for Russell Wilson

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Russell Wilson’s time in Seattle may be coming to an end. After reportedly requesting a trade behind the scenes in the offseason and releasing a list of teams he would be willing to be traded to, Wilson came back to the Seahawks for 2021-2022.

With no real direction on the roster, no first round picks and an aging coach in Pete Carroll, the groundwork has been laid for Wilson’s exit. Here are three potential landing spots for Russell Wilson in the 2022 offseason.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have a younger, unproven version of Russell Wilson in Justin Fields, whom they drafted with the 11th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Some would say it is unwise to punt on a prospect like Fields, but his play is very reminiscent of Wilson’s. If the Seahawks and Bears could work out a quarterback swap in the trade, it would be a big step towards “win now” for Chicago and would set up the Seahawks for a soft rebuild immediately.

Trading Wilson within the NFC is a big hurdle to overcome for Seattle, however. It could set up for some rematches between the parties sooner than later. Either way, the Bears need to entertain this trade so their offensive talent does not go to waste. Plus, the Bears were on the aforementioned list from last offseason so he would likely agree.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are now without a franchise quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement on January 27, 2022. They have Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins, who have not exactly thrived in the NFL since being drafted. It is likely the Steelers want to look outside of the building for their next starter.

Wilson has the arm strength to take advantage of the weapons on this Pittsburgh team and the legs to make up for bad offensive line mistakes. The Steelers line is not remotely near the top of the league, though, and Wilson is most assuredly tired of being the most sacked quarterback since he entered the league. Plus, some of those offensive assets may have to head to Seattle in the trade. This move mostly makes sense for both teams, though, as long as the Steelers can impress the Seahawks with a package.

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis has maybe the best offensive line in the entire league and one hell of a running game. Those alone may be enough to entice Wilson to accept a trade to the Colts. Apart from bad defensive play of late, a leaky offensive line and running backs that cannot stay healthy have been the biggest source of Wilson’s frustration with the team.

The Colts have decidedly not backed Wentz into the 2022-2023 season, meaning they would be open to replacing him. Wilson would immediately put this team back into contention. They did just lose their defensive coordinator to the Bears, but if he can consistently put up 30-plus points with what would be a very complicated offensive attack, that may not matter much.

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