Imagine Russell Wilson in a New York Giants uniform. Yes, not with the Seahawks anymore.
Believe it or not, that juicy thought is now floating in the ether.
Thank sports media personality Colin Cowherd. On his talk show earlier this week, the FS1 host said that Wilson’s wife, singer and entertainer Ciara, would “prefer” to live in New York, according to a rumor he heard in the entertainment agent world. This, Cowherd explained, could push Wilson toward the Giants, who need a star to succeed Eli Manning at quarterback and head into April’s draft with “nobody” they love at the position.
Wilson, of course, is entering a contract year in 2019 – the final season of a four-year, $87.6 million deal he signed in 2015.
“Good-looking guy, classy guy, incredibly marketable and kind of buried in the Pacific Northwest,” Cowherd said of Wilson in the segment. “The Giants also have an offensive head coach, not a (67)-year-old defensive head coach. … I’m not saying it’s going to happen. I’m saying a discussion was had in the agent world.”
The full video is here:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 20, 2019
There’s been no indication that Wilson has expressed to the Seahawks a desire to go the Giants (It’s also interesting how Cowherd articulates this rumor in a way that covers him both ways, leaving the space for it to be true or false). But who truly knows the legitimacy of the information?
As has been reported, Wilson’s camp and Seattle haven’t had any contract discussions so far this offseason. Franchise quarterbacks typically have extensions done before the final season of their current deal, and it appears that those talks will take place (and ramp up) closer to training camp. Wilson could also be franchise tagged in 2020, where the quarterback value is expected to be north of $30 million. With an extension, there’s a belief that Wilson could receive the richest contract for a quarterback ever, perhaps in the $35 million a year range.
Regardless of how it ultimately plays out, both Wilson and the Seahawks have indicated they want to stick together.
“I see myself being in Seattle,” Wilson said at the end-of-season open locker room last month. “I love Seattle. It’s a special place for me. I also understand it’s a business world and everything else, but we’ll see what happens. … To be the franchise quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks is a special thing.”
Maybe there is substance to the Wilson-to-New York chatter; we’ll find out in the coming months. Maybe it’s complete hogwash. Regardless, as it turns out, it’s newsworthy.
Welcome to rumor season in the NFL.
Ben Arthur is a Seahawks reporter for the SeattlePI. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on twitter at @benyarthur.