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As hard as it is to believe, Russell Wilson's days with the Seattle Seahawks could be coming to an end. WIlson reportedly made it clear that he wanted his contract extension to be completed by April 15, but it doesn't look like the two are close to a deal.
Now that a contract extension appears unlikely, it seems like there's actually a chance that Wilson could get traded this offseason. The Seahawks obviously can't lose him for nothing, and if they can't get a deal signed with him, they could move him for a massive package of picks and players.
With that said, let's take a look at how Wilson's contract led us to this point, Seattle's current options at quarterback, and three potential trade destinations for the former Super Bowl champ.
Russell Wilson Contract
Wilson is entering the final year of a four-year, $87.6 million contract he signed in 2015. The Seahawks' quarterback will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and reports are indicating he'd be willing to play out the remainder of his contract and enter free agency next season if an extension isn't agreed to today. Wilson is currently only the No. 12 highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, behind names like Nick Foles and Joe Flacco, so it's no surprise he wants a new deal.
Seahawks Backup QB
Outside of Wilson, the Seahawks don't have much talent at quarterback. Paxton Lynch is the only other quarterback on the roster outside of Wilson, and he's already proven he's not a viable starting QB in the NFL. If Seattle does end up trading Wilson, you have to figure they'll address quarterback in the NFL Draft.
Russell Wilson Trade Destination
3. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos seemingly have everything they need to win the Super Bowl. Except an elite quarterback. And no, Joe Flacco is not elite. With their defense and talented running backs, the Broncos are one great QB away from making a serious run at Super Bowl. They haven't had much luck at QB through free agency or the draft since Peyton Manning retired. But Wilson is pretty much assured to be great.
2. Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have hired Brian Flores as their new head coach, and the organization appears to be going through a rebuild. The Dolphins' current starter at QB looks to be Ryan Fitzpatrick, so it's clear the Dolphins have a need at the position. Flores is mainly a defensive head coach. Trading for Wilson would instantly stabilize the offense and allow Flores to focus on building up the defense. The Dolphins own the No. 13 pick in the NFL Draft, and they'd likely have to trade quite a few more to make a deal work.
1. New York Giants
The New York Giants have been the team most linked to Wilson since these rumors started coming out, and it makes a lot of sense. Wilson would be a massive upgrade over Eli Manning, and New York has the draft capital to facilitate a massive deal. The Giants own two first-round picks, including the No. 6 overall pick, so they're better equipped to deal for Wilson than most other teams. The Giants also play in a big market, which is reportedly important to Wilson and his wife, Ciara.
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