Let's Set Odds for Russell Wilson's Next Team if Seahawks Decide to Blow it Up

The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson appear to be on the verge of a breakup following the 2021 season.
The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson appear to be on the verge of a breakup following the 2021 season. / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when the Seattle Seahawks opened the season with aspirations of Russell Wilson returning to the "First Half Russ" of 2020; giving Seattle a final Super Bowl push for 2021?

It seems like a thousand years ago, but sure enough, the Seahawks at WynnBET were +260 to win a tough NFC West division, only +1500 to win the NFC, and +3000 to win the Super Bowl.

With more loses piling up in the pacific northwest, it appears that Wilson's time in Seattle may also be done.

Wilson and the Seahawks lost their third straight game on Monday Night Football, falling 17-15 on the road vs. the Washington Football Team and are now 3-8 on the season. While Wilson's stat line looked decent, 20-31 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, he missed several easy throws and somehow was unable to connect with D.K. Metcalf until late in the fourth quarter.

It seems bizarre to think that just over a year ago, the Seahawks began the second half of the 2020 season with their franchise quarterback completing 71% of his passes, averaging 317.6 yards-per-game, while throwing 28 touchdowns to eight interceptions.

Now, over Wilson's last 16 games, he's completing just 64.7% of his passes, averaging only 213 passing YPG, with 26 touchdowns and seven picks.

With both parties likely looking towards their own futures, let's set odds for destinations that would work best for Wilson next season and beyond.

Odds for Where Should Russell Wilson Play Next Year

  • Seattle Seahawks: +200
  • New Orleans Saints: +225
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: +275
  • New York Giants: +350
  • Denver Broncos: +400
  • Miami Dolphins: +600
  • Carolina Panthers: +750
  • The Field: +750

Seattle Seahawks +200

I still rank Seattle at the top only because the organization may try to appease the 33-year old quarterback in an era where other top-flight signal callers are playing into their 40's. Pete Carroll is 70 and Seattle may decide they're take the quarterback over the coach to keep him happy.

Remember, the year they drafted Russ, Matt Flynn was supposed to start for Seattle, and they paid him a hefty chunk of change to sit on the bench. Finding a quarterback isn't easy, and I don't think Seattle is ready to start over just yet.

New Orleans Saints +225

Seems strange to think that after Jameis Winston went down with an injury, the Saints have yet to win a game, but here they are at 5-6 on the season in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

New Orleans made a curious deal with Taysom Hill on a four year extension that could be worth anywhere from $40 million to almost $100 million with incentives if he becomes the starter. If Sean Payton believes that's their future, I want nothing to do with it.

Pittsburgh Steelers +275

Big Ben is more cooked than the Christmas turkey at the Griswald's house.

Meanwhile, Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins aren't the answer either. While Pittsburgh still has key pieces on both sides of the ball, it would be advantageous to the Steelers to add a veteran quarterback in a tier like Wilson's to remain competitive in a challenging AFC North division.

New York Giants +350

It's now Year 3 for Daniel Jones, and it's still been more of the same as the Giants struggle to find any sort of consistency on offense. While his completion percentage has gone up all three years, it's still hovering around 64%, nowhere near where it should be for a quarterback averaging only 220 passing yards per game.

The Giants have several key playmakers on offense, none of which have lived up to their potential, but could be unlocked if Wilson comes in with a fresh start.

Denver Broncos +400

Similar to the situation in New York, Denver's receiving core could be lethal with the right quarterback in place.

While the Broncos had an opportunity in this year's draft to pick up a quarterback like Justin Fields or Mac Jones, they went the defensive route instead with corner Patrick Surtain; hoping Teddy Bridgewater would bridge the gap (pun completely intended). So far, the Broncos have been anything but consistent, opening up 3-0 before losing four straight, and following that up with three wins in their last four games.

Miami Dolphins +600

The Dolphins nearly went all in to try and acquire DeShaun Watson, but the trade never materialized by the deadline. Now, first rounder Tua Tagovailoa has Miami on a four-game win streak and back into potential playoff consideration after seven consecutive losses.

With an easy schedule coming up vs. the Giants, Jets and Saints, they'll have some tough competition in Weeks 17-18 against the Titans and Patriots, but both teams could already have playoff spots locked up by then.

Carolina Panthers +750

I didn't mind Carolina bringing Cam Newton back to see if he could spark their offense while remaining in playoff contention, but they did bring him back for far more money than expected at up to $10 million for the remainder of the season.

Even so, that still frees up plenty of room for Wilson to come in and be surrounded by a hopefully healthy Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson. Wilson does have ties to North Carolina playing at NC State, but this still feels like a long shot bet to me.

The Field +750

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