Russell Wilson was almost traded to Eagles in 2022, but QB blocked the deal before it was finalized, according to report
Jalen Hurts had a very successful season with the Philadelphia Eagles last year, but apparently, that almost didn’t happen, because he almost wasn’t their starting quarterback. At one point in the 2022 offseason, the Eagles were actually looking to replace Hurts with Russell Wilson.
There has been a lot of speculation that the Eagles tried to make a deal for Wilson last year and it is looking more and more like they did. Although the trade attempt came more than a year ago, the topic is resurfacing now because it was a topic of discussion on the “Brock and Salk Show” in Seattle this week. In an episode of the show, Greg Bishop from Sports Illustrated said that the Eagles have been very interested in getting Wilson.
“The Eagles really wanted him,” Bishop said. “I think they liked his style of play.”
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport shared a similar story in April. During interview with Joey MulinaroRapoport was asked about the funniest rumors he’s heard at the combine over the past few years.
“There were times last year when I was pretty sure at the combine that the Eagles or the Chiefs were going to trade for Russell Wilson,” Rapoport said.
According to NFL Media insiders, the two deals fell apart because Wilson wasn’t “in” to join either team. The quarterback had a no-trade clause and was able to negotiate any deal that involved a team he didn’t want to play for.
“That was one where you put everything on hold and you’re like, ‘Hang on,'” Rapoport said of the Wilson to Philly rumors. “But it turned out that wasn’t something he was into. “
If you need more proof that the Eagles tried to make a play for Wilson, all you have to do is ask Wilson’s personal QB coach, Jake Heaps. Wilson and Heaps are so tight that the QB asked Heaps to move to Denver after Wilson. In a March 2022 interview, Heaps not only revealed that Wilson fired the Eagles, but also provided a timeline for when it happened.
“He refused the Washington [Commanders] offer and turned down an offer from Philly at the combine,” Heaps said, via Bleeding Green Nation.
Based on the evidence, it seems pretty clear that the Eagles made a strong attempt at Wilson at the combine, but after they shot him down, Howie Roseman decided to publicly endorse Hurts as the starter .
In the end, Wilson may have saved the Eagles from themselves. Instead of being stuck with a struggling QB in 2022, the Eagles had to start Hurts, who led Philly to the Super Bowl in a stellar season where he also finished as runner-up. to Patrick Mahomes for MVP.
The Eagles rewarded Hurts this season with, which briefly made him the highest-paid player in NFL history. If Hurts was a little disappointed to find out that the Eagles tried to replace him, maybe he doesn’t care anymore now that he has a big contract and also knows that he has a place to be the Eagles’ quarterback of the future.