Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told his franchise that he wants a contract extension by April 15, but now that we're just a few days away from that deadline, many are starting to wonder if the two sides could part ways. One former NFL head coach wouldn't be shocked if the Seahawks decided to trade the star signal-caller.
Jack Del Rio, who coached both the Raiders and the Jaguars, told the NFL Network that he wouldn't be surprised to see the Seahawks trade Wilson. He thinks that the way Wilson gave his team a deadline could be a clue that he wants to play elsewhere.
Here's what Del Rio had to say, via Seahawks Wire:
“Don’t be surprised if, when all is said and done, when we line up for the season next year, if Russell Wilson isn’t quarterbacking somewhere else,” Del Rio said, “and the Seahawks haven’t gone and gotten a quarterback for the future.”
“Just the way he gave the deadline,” Del Rio continued. “He’s been a tremendous player there. But to me, that gives just enough ammo for the fans out there to not really like that and enough for the Seahawks to maybe do what they’ve done. Jettisoning some of their other players before they overpay. They like to run it, they like to play defense.
“I just wouldn’t be shocked — it wouldn’t be out of the question for me to see the Seahawks do that.”
Earlier this year, Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports 1 suggested that the New York Giants could make sense for Wilson, if he did ask for a trade. His reasoning? Ciara, Wilson's wife, wants to be in a big city for her career.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports came up with a few three-team trades that could lead to Wilson winding up on the Giants as well.
Wilson had one of his best seasons in 2018, throwing for 3,448 yards and 35 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. While it might seem crazy that the Seahawks would want to move on from him, crazier things have happened.