After one game with the Tennessee Titans during his rookie season, it appears that Isaiah Wilson and the Tennesee Titans appear to be parting ways. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team is shopping Wilson. This news comes four days after Wilson tweeted the tweet below stating that he was done with the team. The tweet has now been deleted from Wilson’s Twitter account.
The Tennessee Titans drafted Isaiah Wilson with the 29th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. At the time it felt like a reach by the Titans. However, his blue-collar punch you in the mouth playing style matched the attitude Mike Vrabel and the Titans have. It was thought that Vrabel can bring the best out of Wilson. Many thought he would be a Day 2 pick. Wilson only played in four total snaps last season due to a suspension and Covid-19 related issue.
It was reported yesterday by NFL Networks Ian Rapoport that the Titans are shopping Wilson. He only played in four snaps his rookie season and could be better off in a new city.
Here are the teams that could trade for Isaiah Wilson now that he is on the trade market:
“*” means the player is a free agent
Compensation: 2022 4th Round Pick
A favorite Pre-Draft destination for Isaiah Wilson was the Seattle Seahawks. The team brought in Brandon Shell and Cedric Ogbuehi to compete for the right tackle job but could have drafted Wilson in the first round. Seattle has a history of over-drafting players in the first round so it seemed like a possible fit (Rashaad Penny, L.J. Collier, Jordyn Brooks).
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson asked upper management to invest in their offensive line. They can make Russell Wilson happy by investing in Isaiah Wilson to compete with Brandon Shell for the starting right tackle job. Wilson could be the Seahawks’ long-term answer at right tackle.
Compensation: 2021 4th Round Pick (119th Overall Pick)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of needs to address this offseason. During the regular season, the Steelers’ biggest need was at right tackle. Pittsburgh alternated between Zach Banner and Chukwuma Okorafor at the position. But Banner and Okorafor are better suited as swing tackles rather than the Steelers starting right tackle.
Trading a Day 3 pick for Isaiah Wilson would give the Steelers a cheap option to fix their need at right tackle. Then the team could use their little cap space and other draft picks to address their needs at quarterback, running back, left tackle, center, and cornerback.
Compensation: 2021 Fifth Round Pick via Las Vegas Raiders (145th Overall)
Buffalo has two major free agents on their offensive line. Starting guard Jon Feliciano and Right Tackle Daryl Williams are set to hit the market. The Bills have little cap space and likely will be unable to retain both. If the Bills trade for Wilson they don’t necessarily need to retain Williams. Instead, they could bring in a veteran tackle to compete with Wilson for the starting job.
Wilson would likely embrace a return to his home state of New York. The Bills mafia would be great to him and could motivate him to get his NFL career started the right way.
Compensation: 2022 Fourth Round Pick
The Arizona Cardinals need to get Kyler Murray some better protection. The best two linemen Arizona has D.J. Humphries and Justin Pugh are slightly better than average. The Cardinals do need to find their right tackle of the future. Last year’s third-round pick Josh Jones felt like a steal on draft night and potentially the answer. But he will likely be the team’s backup left tackle.
The Cardinals only have five draft picks this year so if Tennessee would be willing to take a Day 3 pick in next year’s draft Arizona could get themselves their potential right tackle of the future. If Wilson beats out Justin Murray for the starting job he can finally be the Cardinals’ long-term answer at the position.
Green Bay Packers
Compensation: 2021 Fifth Round Pick (157th Overall Pick)
Last year’s NFC Championship showed how important a healthy offensive line is to Green Bay’s success. Without David Bakhtiari, the Packers were annihilated by the Buccaneers pass rush. The Packers’ biggest need along their offensive line is at right tackle. Last offseason the Packers signed Ricky Wagner to a 2 year $11 Million deal. Wagner was cut by the Packers after the postseason. Billy Turner has been solid at the position but the Packers need a better long-term option at the position. Right Tackle became a need for the Packers after Bryan Bulaga signed with the Chargers last offseason.
The Packers can afford to trade a Day 3 pick to acquire Wilson. If it works out the Packers could round out their offensive line for very cheap. Then they could spend their earlier draft picks and cap space on the interior of their offensive line along with linebacker and wide receiver.
Compensation: 2021 Fifth Round Pick via Pittsburgh Steelers (152nd Overall)
The Baltimore Ravens may have the best bookend tackles in the NFL in Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. However in recent weeks Brown has asked to be traded to a team that will play him at left tackle. This would create a void for the Ravens at right tackle.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Brown’s representatives “have begun exploring trade possibilities”. If the Ravens trade Brown for a Day 2 pick they could swap Day 3 pick for Wilson. Much like Brown, Wilson is a mauling right tackle who could fit in perfectly to what Brown has done in Baltimore the past couple of seasons.
New York Jets
Compensation: 2021 Fifth Round Pick (130th Overall)
For the first time in a couple of seasons, the New York Jets has gotten some competent play from both their tackle positions. Mekhi Becton had an amazing rookie season and George Fant had a solid season at right tackle as well. Fant has earned the right to start at right tackle next season, but the Jets may not view him as the team’s right tackle of the future.
If the Jets trade one of their ten draft picks for Wilson they could potentially have two 2020 first-round pick bookend tackles. If Wilson reaches his potential returning to his home state of New York he can Becton can dominate as run blockers for Mike LeFluer’s run-first offense.