Why a Russell Wilson trade makes sense for the Eagles
While I believe in Jalen Hurts and his potential to become the Philadelphia Eagles’ long-term answer at quarterback, I couldn’t help but imagine how much better this team could be with Russell Wilson.
How soon have we forgotten what Roseman said about Wentz the last offseason right before he was traded?
If Russell Wilson is either made available by Seattle or requests a trade, there’s no reason to think the Eagles wouldn’t be interested. With three first-round picks this offseason, as well as the future draft capital they have, they are in prime position to trade for a franchise quarterback.
If it were my decision, I would only sacrifice one of those first-round picks this offseason. I would include future first-round picks in a deal instead. The Eagles have many holes on defense, and it wouldn’t be wise to part with draft capital in this year’s defense-heavy draft class.
Russ or Bust?
As this NFL post-season has shown you, you need a top quarterback to truly contend for a super bowl. Please do not bring up Jimmy Garoppolo; he is not the exception. The 49ers are a stacked roster from top to bottom. The Eagles are certainly aware of this. That is why I wouldn’t rule out a Russell Wilson trade. Regardless of what narrative they are pushing the media.
Russell Wilson, at the age of 33, finished this past season with the fifth-best passer rating in the league. Wilson had a 103.1 passer rating, his worst rating in the last four years. So, even in a “down year,” Wilson still put up elite numbers.
While Seattle’s receiving corps is far better than the Eagles, their offensive line can’t even come close to the birds. I can’t imagine the damage Wilson could do behind an elite offensive line. Not to mention his potential connection with DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert. Both skilled players have been victims of up and down quarterback play thus far in their pro careers. Adding Russell Wilson erases that narrative.
The Eagles shocked the world by making the playoffs this past season. That doesn’t automatically make them a contender, however as mentioned before, there are a lot of holes on the defense. But the most significant question mark is their quarterback position. However, If you replace Hurts with Russell Wilson, the Eagles could go from the 7th seed to the NFC East favorites.
That is the risk you have to be willing to take. I understand the concern with Wilson’s age. Let’s say he has three elite years left in him. That matches the timeline of many of the veterans on the team. Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Darius Slay all have an average age of 32.
The beauty of this is that you can instantly become a better football team without mortgaging too much of the future. You give the Eagles vets all a chance to truly compete for a super bowl, all while growing and developing the youth on this team. You have three first-round picks this year alone. Sacrificing one or two of those for a top 5 quarterback doesn’t hurt their future.
Hurts Too Good
Trading for Russell Wilson would undoubtedly be an interesting dynamic for this locker room. It would signify the end of Hurts as the starter. But that doesn’t mean his time as an Eagle is over … As a matter of fact, it could be the perfect thing for his development. The Eagles in this scenario need to do everything they can to keep him.
He would still be the cheapest backup QB option they would have on top of being the best backup in the league. Sound familiar? While Wilson doesn’t have much of an injury history; until, as of late, Hurts would be more than capable of filling in for him if necessary. That was the original intention of drafting Hurts, after all.
Hurts will obviously take this personally; in a good way, it will motivate him. But it shouldn’t be viewed as disrespectful. Russell Wilson is a top 5 quarterback in his prime. Hurts is only 23 years old. If he is willing to remain the backup in this situation, he could then step in as the starter once Wilson’s time is up. Hurts will be seasoned and ready to go with all of that experience learning from Wilson by that time.
The momentum is starting to pick up. The Russell Wilson sweepstakes could be the talk of the NFL offseason. The Philadelphia Eagles just so happen to be best equipped to make the trade.
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