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3 Potential Russell Wilson replacements the Seahawks should target

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3 Potential Russell Wilson replacements the Seahawks should target

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The Seattle Seahawks‘ worst fears regarding Russell Wilson have been confirmed, with the quarterback having surgery on his finger following an injury suffered in Thursday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams.

Wilson is expected to be out for at least a month and possibly 6-to-8 weeks in recovery. The Seahawks are at a crossroads this season, especially after Jamal Adams’ contract becoming more expensive in 2022. Should the team take a gamble on a new quarterback while Wilson is out, or would sticking with Geno Smith be the best option in the long haul?

Check out three possible replacements for Wilson in case the Seahawks decide to look for new options

3 potential replacements for Russell Wilson

#1 – Cam Newton

The perks of being the best free agent quarterback available is that you’re going to become an option for every team that needs one. Newton is healthy, he’s had a great offseason with the New England Patriots and he’d keep the Seahawks’ playoff chances alive while Wilson is out.

The thought of Cam Newton to the @Seahawks? I don’t hate it ….

Wilson’s playstyle is completely unique, but Newton could at least resemble some of Russell’s technique with a strong arm and an ability to scramble and be productive rushing the ball. For a stopgap option, that’s as good as it can get.

#2 – Mitchell Trubisky

We know Trubisky isn’t good enough to be a franchise quarterback, but he is a fantastic option as a backup quarterback.

Trubisky is athletic, can make some deep throws and has enough experience to lead the team during the easier portion of the schedule that’s incoming. He would also come cheap, as he’s in a one-year contract worth only $2,5 million with the Buffalo Bills.

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#3 – Gardner Minshew

Minshew doesn’t have a strong arm to explore deep balls like Wilson, but his main quality since his Jacksonville Jaguars days was his intelligence and his decision-making. If your backup can avoid turnovers, that’s a great start to keeping your season alive.

Minshew was recently traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for only a sixth-round pick, so his price is really low, and he’s still on his rookie contract, so the salary cap would easily accommodate him.

The Eagles seem to have found a solution to the quarterback position in Jalen Hurts, and with Joe Flacco with guaranteed money as the backup, Philadelphia could recoup a draft pick for Minshew and the Seahawks would find an easy option until Wilson returns.

Edited by Jay Lokegaonkar


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