The Eli Manning era in New York is coming to an end sooner rather than later, and Giants fans have eagerly been awaiting to find out who the franchise’s next quarterback will be. Colin Cowherd dropped an interesting rumor on the topic Wednesday – suggesting Russell Wilson could have eyes on New York.
Cowherd is hearing that Wilson’s wife, Ciara, wants to be in New York for career reasons. He believes there are a lot of stars aligning that could wind up with Wilson suiting up for the Giants after next season.
For reference, Wilson has one year left on his deal with Seattle. He’s due to make $17 million this coming year. The Seahawks could franchise tag him after this season, but it would cost them $31 million in 2020. It would cost more the year after that, etc.
Here’s what Cowherd had to say:
“I was told this yesterday. This is happening in the entertainment agent world. Everybody will deny it. It’s not good to be out now. But Russell Wilson’s wife is Ciara. She is a singer and an entertainer. She would prefer to live in New York and the Giants need a quarterback and there’s nobody in the draft they love.
So just remember this. A lot of things add up. Last year of Russell’s contract. His wife would prefer New York. Seattle is not an entertainment mecca.
New York needs a star quarterback to replace Eli. You get a lot of push back on Eli. Remember when Tebow was in Denver? Who did Elway get? Peyton Manning. Nobody complained about Peyton replacing Tebow. Tebow disappeared into the ether.
Also, Russell Wilson, good looking guy, classy guy. Incredibly marketable. Kind of buried in the Pacific Northwest. The Giants also have an offensive head coach, not a 66-year-old defensive head coach.
Now Seattle could franchise Russell, but that would mean you’re paying him $31 million per year. Would Pete Carroll, in that division, which I’m arguing now is the best division in football – certainly in the argument – you want to pay your quarterback $31 million a year and not be able to sign other important players?
I’m not saying it’s going to happen, I’m just saying stuff I hear…”
Here’s the video:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 20, 2019
Obviously, nothing is set in stone here. But you don’t hear a lot about star NFL quarterbacks switching teams mid-career. We’ll find out soon enough.