Could Russell Wilson end up with the New York Giants as soon as 2019? At first glance, this looks like an obvious no. To counter, when you peel back the layers of rumors the past two months the path is becoming more and more clear.
On February 20th, Colin Cowherd on FS1’s “The Herd” reported that there were rumors swirling around the entertainment industry that Wilson’s wife, Ciara, would prefer to live in New York, and is eyeing the opportunity of Wilson leaving Seattle for a bigger entertainment market. Wilson is set to be a free agent in 2020.
Quoted by Cowherd himself, “Everybody will deny it… It’s [Rumors] not good to be out now”.
As it turned out, Colin was not wrong because the media and listeners around the world mocked the idea. At the time of the report, Odell Beckham Jr was still on the Giants roster. Fast forwarding to March 12, the Giants make the unexpected trade of Beckham Jr to the Browns in exchange for a first, a third-round pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers. More importantly, the Giants dumped Beckham’s 5 years, $90 million dollar contract. While eating 16 million dollars in cap this season, the Giants are set to have around 85 million in cap space for 2020, which will be up at the tops of the NFL. Now here’s where things heat up:
On April 2nd, it was reported that Wilson was frustrated with contract negotiations. He gave the Seahawks a deadline of April 15th to offer a new contract. Which happens to be is the beginning of offseason workouts. While it is unclear on what would happen if a deal is not reached, today is April 15th. This is deadline day.
Backtracking to April 11th, Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio put in his two cents on the rumors. In an interview with NFL Network, Del Rio states, “Don’t be surprised if, before it’s all said and done, and we line up for the season next year, and Russell Wilson isn’t quarterbacking somewhere else.”
Just after 1 am on Sunday, newly acquired Chiefs Safety Tyrann Mathieu tweeted “Russ wants New York. But you ain’t heard that from T..”
Well, Tyrann, we did hear it from you but that’s beside the point for now.
Russ wants New York. But you ain’t heard that from T.. https://t.co/AWGBUAjaWj
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 14, 2019
During the day, Mathieu backpedaled from his original tweet explaining it was only speculation based on his own thoughts. However, One hour after tweeting that Wilson wanted New York, Mathieu tweeted again that he is “too real” and that we would “get it one day”.
Above all, two months after the “embarrassing” Colin Cowherd take, Wilson and the Giants have never been this closely tied.
What’s it Gonna Take?
As the Wilson trade talks have heated up, it has already been put out there that the Seahawks would be looking for at least two first-round picks, and probably more. This is an extremely valid ask from Seattle as they would be trading away the face of their franchise. Whenever multiple first-round picks are on the table, everything must be considered. The Seahawks also have the option to franchise tag Wilson, which would be $30 million for the 2020 season alone. Hypothetically, Wilson could be franchised three years in a row but after a $37 million dollar tag in ‘21, the number would jump to $50 million in 2022.
While it’s almost guaranteed that Wilson wouldn’t be tagged for three years in a row, it makes sense as to why the Seahawks would be open to trade him if they are certain he wants out.
If by any chance the Giants have an opportunity to land Wilson, they should pull the trigger without a doubt. There is no clear option at quarterback for the future, but this could all change with acquiring Wilson. As we stand currently, there are no concrete details on either end of the spectrum. If executed, the front office would certainly win back their fanbase with this potential stunner.