Eagles dodge bullet by refusing to mortgage future for Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson #3, Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Russell Wilson #3, Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

So, in the end, Russell Wilson determined that he’d rather not trade one bird’s nest for another. It’s been quite the 24 hour-hour period, hasn’t it? All of these plans we had for the Philadelphia Eagles offseason are falling apart right before our eyes.

Even before we were sure of who the quarterback might be, there was this contingent that believed they’d like to see a trade between the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons that brought Calvin Ridley into the fold. Let’s just say that didn’t work out.

Less than 24 hours after we learned of his suspension, the fates of two future Hall of Fame signal-callers were also decided, both of which have been mentioned in conjunction with the Eagles in recent months.

Russell Wilson won’t be joining the Eagles, but that’s a good thing.

It may have taken a few hours for everything to play out, but it felt like the news was coming every 15 minutes. We begin with Aaron Rodgers. The reigning MVP agreed to a massive contract extension with the Green Bay Packers that will pay him $200 million over four years and make him the highest-paid player in NFL history. $153 million of that deal is guaranteed.

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Then, there’s the aforementioned Russell Wilson. He has a new home. He’s been traded by the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos. Remember… He was quoted as saying he’d like to stay out west, and he’s gotten his wish.

Speaking of wishes, the news of Wilson’s change of scenery isn’t what some Birds fans want to hear as they’ve been campaigning to get Russ to Philadelphia for quite some time now. Fear not. The Eagles dodged a huge bullet here.

Denver receives Russell Wilson and a fourth-rounder. The Hawks hit the jackpot as they get two first-rounders, two second-rounders, a fifth-rounder, Drew Lock, Shelby Harris, and Noah Fant out of the deal. Can you imagine what we’d be saying if the Eagles made that type of move?

Imagine giving up the same draft capital that the Broncos did while also handing over Jalen Hurts, Josh Sweat (or Tarron Jackson), and Dallas Goedert. That’s what Denver just did and get this. That still won’t guarantee them a Super Bowl. Again, Philly dodged a bullet.

Rodgers decided that getting six games a year versus the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions isn’t such a bad gig after all. Oh, and he also gets his best buddy Davante Adams back. The Pack will franchise their all-star wide receiver. Who knows how they’re going to pay him now, but that’s another story.

Russ, on the other hand, has decided the best career path for him would be to battle Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert during four games of his season. Again, just because the Broncos added Wilson, that doesn’t mean they’re ready to purchase plane tickets to the next Super Bowl, and when you make this type of move, that’s the only reason for doing so.

The Broncos are banking on Russell making them the L.A. Rams of next season. We don’t even know if Denver will make the playoffs. No Bueno guys… No Bueno…

Let’s just say the Eagles had done this. They’d be saying the same thing, right? They’d be saying they’re going all in for a Super Bowl. After all, they can make the playoffs with Jalen Hurts, but we all know they aren’t quite ready to contend for another Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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Russ wouldn’t have been the final piece for this team. He would have simply been another piece. He’s also on the downside of what’s been a great career. Ladies and gentlemen, if you’re going to mortgage the future, those aren’t the circumstances that make this type of move a wise one.

Trust us on this one. Philadelphia dodged a bullet here. Meanwhile, that team we’ve all been dreaming of is falling apart. Ridley, Rodgers, Wilson, and Davante Adams are all off of the table, and it appears that Mike Williams, after signing an extension, and Chris Godwin, who will be playing the 2022 season under the franchise tag, won’t be joining the Birds either.

So much for that fantastic offseason, but who knows? There’s time, and Philadelphia has a huge opportunity to make some noise with money to spend and draft capital.