Who Will Replace Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson if he Leaves in 2021?

Published 02/26/2021, 2:42 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates with wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) following a second quarter touchdown pass against the New York Jets at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


Since joining the NFL back in 2012, Russell Wilson has truly established himself as one of the top-performing quarterbacks in the last decade.

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The Seattle Seahawks man, a 3rd-round draft pick (75th overall) quickly rose to fame in his debut season itself. He finished his rookie year throwing for 3,100+ yards and 26 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions.

Sep 13, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

He led the Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl title in 2014. Of course, credit must also be given to the famous ‘Legion of Boom’ defense, but it was Wilson’s on-field athletic prowess that led Pete Carroll’s offense to the Super Bowl XLVIII title almost 7 years ago.

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But now, after spending 8 years with the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson could call time on what has been a startling career in the Emerald City.

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A look at potential Russell Wilson replacements in case of a shock exit

As we approach the start of the 2021 NFL offseason, teams across the league are moving quickly to secure their desired targets.

Quarterbacks, it appears, are the flavor for the summer. After Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson could be the next big-name quarterback to trade alliances in the coming weeks.

Of course, if the latest reports are to be believed, Wilson is going nowhere. While that remains a possibility, coach Carroll and the Seahawks definitely have one eye on potential reinforcements just in case the unthinkable happens.

Due to the Jamal Adams trade with New York Jets last year, the Seahawks do not possess a 1st round pick in 2021. They own the 56th overall pick in the 2nd round. They will be eyeing Florida-based quarterback Kyle Trask as a possible option to replace Wilson.

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The 22-year-old had a decent season with the Florida Gators. Trask finished the 2020 college football season with 4,283 passing yards and 43 touchdowns, against just 8 interceptions. He was also a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Apart from potential trade deals, Trask can serve as a viable option to replace Wilson from a long-term point of view. But whether he will be available that late in the draft process is a matter of concern. Regardless, one way or another the Seahawks need to hold on to Wilson, at least for another year.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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