New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Pitches Russell Wilson on Saints in Video

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIFebruary 27, 2021

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) greets Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The Saints won 25-20.(AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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As New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees contemplates retirement, the city he plays for is working hard to recruit a potential successor under center.

News of Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson naming the Saints as one of four teams he would go to if a trade were considered has led to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell posting a video on her official Twitter account attempting to lure Wilson, wife Ciara and their family to the Crescent City.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell @mayorcantrell

I have been hearing the rumors on the streets. πŸ‘€ I don't know if they are true or not. But, I just want @dangerusswilson & @ciara to know that if these rumors are true. Please know that the City of New Orleans will welcome you and your family with open arms! #nola #whodat https://t.co/yE1MJYssLS

It's unclear if the Seahawks and Saints have any interest in completing a trade, but that won't stop football fans in New Orleans from trying to speak a deal into existence.

Among Cantrell's selling points are the city's family-friendly environment, a chance to win another Super Bowl and for Ciara to perform at the city's annual Essence Festival.

New Orleans just might not need a quarterback yet, though.

Brees' personal trainer Todd Durkin posted a video on Instagram showing the 42-year-old going through an intense workout with the caption "something must be brewing." That a professional athlete is working out on his own time isn't exactly a stunning development, but it does show that Brees isn't winding anything down just yet.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Drew Brees going the extra mile in a workout πŸ‘€ @brgridiron (via @ToddDurkin) https://t.co/PhFgWwgKBb

If the Saints were to replace Brees with Wilson, however, it would go down as one of the best quarterback transitions in league history alongside Joe Montana-Steve Young, Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning-Andrew Luck.

Both passers carry a Super Bowl pedigree with Wilson and Brees having combined for 21 Pro Bowl appearances.

Of course, football fans in New Orleans want Wilson. They just might not be done with their future Hall of Fame quarterback as is.


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