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Philadelphia Eagles Rumor Mill: Russell Wilson Trade?

There are new quarterback rumors swirling around the Philadelphia rumor mill. This rumor involves Russell Wilson being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson, who has been with the Seahawks since he was drafted by them in 2012 has evolved into one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks over the years. If this trade were to happen, Philadelphia would immediately become contenders for next year’s Super Bowl. This article will look at the Philadelphia Eagles possibly making a trade for Russell Wilson.

Wilson’s Accolades in Seattle

Wilson has been to the Pro Bowl nine out of the ten years he has been in Seattle. He broke out right off the bat with an impressive rookie year. He had over 3,000 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.  Wilson threw 10 interceptions that year, which isn’t too shabby for being a rookie. The next year Wilson won the Super Bowl in 2014  against Denver being a second-year quarterback. In 2015, he threw for over 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns. He led his team to the Super Bowl that year too, where he lost due to an awful play call within the red zone.

Philadelphia Eagles trade for Russell Wilson

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In 2017, Wilson led the league in passing touchdowns with 34. Recently however in 2021, Wilson led Seattle to a 6-8 regular season as his team ended up missing the Playoffs. He had nice stats to show for the season though, as he had over 3,000 yards, 25 touchdowns, and six interceptions.

How would Wilson fare in Philly?

First off, Wilson would immediately bolster Philadelphia’s passing attack. This would benefit a lot of Eagles receivers, especially DeVonta Smith. Furthermore, Wilson has been known to be accurate with the football and can make the right reads. This in turn would give Smith more opportunities to come down with big catches, especially within the red zone.

Wilson also has the ability to be a dual-threat quarterback, he can run with the ball with pretty good speed and mobility. He would also make the Eagles rushing attack even better than it already was in 2021. The threat with Wilson throwing the ball would open holes in the running game with defenses expecting the pass. Not to mention, play-action would also be a real threat, with Dallas Goedert establishing himself as a threat over the last few years. Overall, Wilson would make this team a lot better in multiple different ways.

What would the trade look like?

The Eagles would have to give up a lot to convince Seattle to trade their franchise quarterback. The Eagles have some pieces that would make the conversation interesting for Seattle. Philadelphia has three first-round draft picks this year, which would interest Seattle. The Eagles have also been rumored to possibly be looking at getting rid of some cap space, which would involve dealing Fletcher Cox. Lucky for Philadelphia, Seattle has a hole to fill in their depth chart for a defensive tackle. With Cox being a reliable seasoned veteran, this would immediately fill that hole for Seattle. On the other hand, Cox has shown that he wants to stay with Philadelphia, which could be a setback in this trade deal if Cox has any sort of say in the matter. His contract expires in 2024.

Should the Eagles get this deal done?

Howie Roseman is probably interested in this deal but has made a few questionable decisions in the past. This really all goes back to Jalen Hurts. How much does Roseman and the Eagles organization trust that Hurts can be their future? The past has said that they have their doubts as Roseman has already been eyeing Malik Willis. So, what do the Eagles do? The Eagles should give it a shot only because the NFL is a business and the goal is to win games, which Wilson can do. Nothing is set in stone though and honestly does Seattle really want to get rid of Wilson? That seems crazy. For now, Hurts is still definitely the front runner to start in 2022 unless the Philadelphia Eagles make the trade for Russell Wilson.

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