‘Nobody Can Count on that Right Now’- Adam Schefter Weighs in on Russell Wilson Trade to New Orleans Saints

Published 03/15/2021, 11:47 AM EDT
Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


The New Orleans Saints are now in the hunt for a new quarterback. This morning, news broke that legendary Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees was stepping away from the game. Despite his age, Brees was putting up fantastic numbers, even in his final season.

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But now the Saints must look for a new quarterback. Could that be former Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson? NFL analyst Adam Schefter spoke on Get Up. He had broken the news that Russell Wilson would be open to moving to the New Orleans Saints.

While he said that it is a possibility, teams in the NFL know that the Seahawks are not going to agree so easily. This is why most franchises are planning for the next season with the idea that the Seahawks will not play ball during the negotiations.

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Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

“It should be mentioned. Because it’s out there. But here’s the thing. As all these teams are setting out to fill quarterback needs this week, and with the draft next month, nobody knows if Seattle or Houston is going to go ahead and trade its quarterback. I think nobody can count on it.” 

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Schefter added that planning for the future could cost them the chance to get Wilson. Because of the short time span of the offseason and the trade deadline, teams will have to make moves quickly.

These moves will probably see them give up assets that could be used to bring Wilson. This is why teams believe that it is unlikely that Russell Wilson will move this off-season.

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“So every team is left in an odd position this week and next month of having to make plans. And by the way, maybe even filling a position that would cost you the chance to get Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson. But nobody can count on that right now.”

Should the New Orleans Saints make a big push for Russell Wilson? Wilson would be a huge boost to the franchise, and an ideal replacement for Brees.

However, the Seahawks have shown a reluctance to negotiate over Wilson’s availability. Unless Wilson comes out and demands a trade from the Seahawks, his arrival to the Saints would be unlikely.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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