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Russell Wilson is a Jaguar. Who do you want instead?

You can have almost any active quarterback in his place

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Seattle Seahawks
but we DO have russell wilson
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The premise today is straightforward enough. You have to give Russell Wilson back to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who did NOT pass on him in 2012 and smartly drafted him with the 70th pick instead of that punter guy. But for your troubles and trauma, you can have almost any other quarterback in the league to replace him in 2017.

Things to consider:

  • Ability
  • Salary cap hit
  • Age
  • Durability
  • Fit within the Pete Carroll system (deep ball, mobility, personality)
  • Fit within the locker room (pure speculation because you don’t know squat)

Things to also consider:

  • Whether or not you can stand to look at his face every week
  • Whatever other twisted factors come to your twisted mind

Rule that might help you make up your mind: You have exclusive negotiating rights with the QB of your choice for the duration of the season.

It’ll be interesting to see how many discount the advanced age of Tom Brady and Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, and how many go for rivals Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers despite any bad blood. We’ll discover if Matt Ryan is perceived as the real thing or not. Will Andrew Luck fare well among Seahawks fans or do people want a fresher face in Jameis Winston? How much is Matthew Stafford valued over here? Do you guys even still remember who Andy Dalton is or what? And look here, Marcus Mariota might strike your fancy, might he not?

NOTE: Derek Carr and Dak Prescott are too good and too cheap ($1.7M and $600K respectively) to be included in the poll. They’re obviously the runaway winners in this contest. Let’s allow the Raiders and Cowboys to hold on to them a little while longer.

NOTE 2: Colin Kaepernick is not included, as he is not an active quarterback with a known salary. There will be Kaep-related polls this summer, yah yabetcha. Just not today.

NOTE 3: Helpfully, I included each player’s age for Week 1 of the 2017 season, and their cap hit. You can research more cap information by clicking right here (it’ll take you to and following the links to each player. Because you’re an overachiever who takes the polls too seriously. You know who you are.


Russell Wilson is not a Seahawk. His $18.8 million salary is off the books. Seattle now has about $27.4 million in cap space. You can have anyone listed below *for the 2017 season.* Who do you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Tom Brady, 14M, age 40
    (175 votes)
  • 1%
    Drew Brees, 19M, age 38
    (35 votes)
  • 10%
    Andrew Luck, 19.4M, age 27
    (296 votes)
  • 34%
    Marcus Mariota, 6.6M, age 23
    (1005 votes)
  • 4%
    Cam Newton, 20.2M, age 28
    (119 votes)
  • 0%
    Carson Palmer, 22.1M, age 37
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Philip Rivers, 20M, age 35
    (14 votes)
  • 26%
    Aaron Rodgers, 20.3M, age 33
    (782 votes)
  • 0%
    Ben Roethlisberger, 18.2M, age 35
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Ryan, 23.8M, age 32
    (34 votes)
  • 0%
    Alex Smith, 16.9M, age 33
    (8 votes)
  • 1%
    Matthew Stafford, 22M, age 29
    (31 votes)
  • 11%
    Jameis Winston, 6.9M, age 23
    (322 votes)
  • 1%
    Another vet. Sam Bradford, Kirk Cousins, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Ryan Tannehill, Tyrod Taylor. Do your own research for those guys.
    (32 votes)
  • 1%
    One of the incoming rookies. Any one of them. Many of them will be bad. But at least they’re all cheap.
    (30 votes)
2897 votes total Vote Now

The good news: We’ve got RW for another decade. All this is just for pretend!