Cowherd: Russell Wilson Could Replace Eli Manning as Giants QB

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 17: (L--R) Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the 2019 Hollywood Beauty Awards at Avalon Hollywood on February 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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Russell Wilson, starting quarterback for the...New York Giants? 

According to FS1's Colin Cowherd, that's a distinct possibility:

Cowherd noted the rumor was coming from the "entertainment/agent world" and that everybody would likely deny it, but suggested Wilson to the Giants would make sense:

"Wilson's wife is Ciara. She is a singer and an entertainer. She would prefer to live in New York. The Giants need a quarterback, and there's nobody in the draft they love. So, just remember this. A lot of things add up: Last year of Russell's contract. His wife would prefer New York. Seattle is not an entertainment mecca. ... The Giants need a star quarterback to replace Eli [Manning]."

The question, of course, is how Wilson would end up in New York. Would the Seattle Seahawks actually consider trading him while he was still under contract, even if for only one more season? And would the Giants be willing to pay the mountain of draft picks such an unprecedented deal would require?

The Chicago Bears sent the Oakland Raiders two-first round picks, a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick for Khalil Mack, a defensive end, in 2018. The price point for a franchise quarterback, in his prime at the age of 30, would almost assuredly be at least three first-round picks, and would also include other picks as well.

Or could Wilson end up in New York as a free agent next offseason? The issue there would be that the Seahawks could always utilize the franchise tag and, while it would be incredibly expensive, the Seahawks may view it as a worthwhile expenditure to keep their playoff window open. 

Obviously, this is all wild speculation at this point. It's possible that Wilson has no desire to leave the Seahawks and will sign a long-term extension at some point in the next year. But it's also easy to see how the Giants and Wilson could potentially be a nice fit. 

Wilson would also come to an offense with exciting playmakers in Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr. and Evan Engram. Adding a star quarterback would make New York's offense dynamic. 

But don't get too excited, Giants fans—this is all a pipe dream at this point. 

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