Why Russell Wilson Would Be the Perfect Fit to Succeed Drew Brees as the New Orleans Saints QB

Published 02/27/2021, 9:54 AM EST
Nov 8, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Wilson is among the many disgruntled quarterbacks in the NFL right now. The Seattle Seahawks QB has never been one to shy away from the headlines, but never before in his career has he been in the news for reasons quite like this.

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A Super Bowl winner and 7-time Pro Bowler, Russell Wilson, could be looking for a move away from the Seahawks. Ever since being drafted by the franchise in 2012, he has been the man calling the shots for the Seahawks’ offense on the field. But all that could soon change.

Post Super Bowl LV, Russell Wilson has been vocal about his frustrations with the franchise. Especially the protection he receives from his O-line. And recent developments have only further fueled rumors of a possible trade.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that while the player’s agent has said that he hasn’t handed in a trade request yet if trade were to happen, Wilson has 4 destinations in mind.

With those 4 being Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, or Las Vegas. With 3 of the 4 teams having quarterback headaches of their own, we take a look at the franchise, which could potentially see their legendary QB retiring sometime in the offseason. We’re talking bout none other than the New Orleans Saints.

Saints have the O-Line Russell Wilson seeks

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees may have played his last snap in the NFL. While there is no guarantee that this is the case, many feel it’s only a matter of time before the quarterback makes his decision public.

For the Saints, they then have two quarterbacks to fall back on. Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. While both are good quarterbacks in their own right, they aren’t franchise QBs. Something that the franchise has been used to having more than a decade now with Brees under center.

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Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson, though, is among those very few franchise QBs in the league. A scrambler in the pocket, Wilson’s athleticism, and gifted arm have allowed him to blossom into one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

But as stated earlier, Wilson feels he doesn’t have the tools needed to protect him to make the big plays. Something that he’d most definitely have with the Saints. The Saints O-line, as per PFF, was ranked as a Top-10 unit in the league.

Wilson + Saints = Super Bowl contenders

In terms of offensive weapons at New Orleans, Wilson will be spoilt for choice with the likes of WR Michael Thomas and RB Alvin Kamara at his disposal.

The Saints have one of the best-ranked offensive units in the league. But without a top-tier QB, all that could fall apart. Seen as a top NFC team, trading in Wilson would immediately catapult them into Super Bowl contention.

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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

While many franchises feel that 3 first-round picks would be the base of pulling off a trade for Wilson, the Saints shouldn’t shudder at the thought of it.

With one of the league’s best offenses and Russell Wilson in the pocket, the Saints will be more than a handful for teams. And still, in their winning window, both the franchise and Wilson could very well end up winning that elusive second Super Bowl ring.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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