Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson was cleared to play on Monday, Nov. 8. Wilson missed the past three games with an injury to his right middle finger.
It’s Time. pic.twitter.com/DVdHxn9hos
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) November 8, 2021
Barring any setbacks this week in practice, Wilson will be a go for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Sitting at 3-5, this news comes at just the right time for Seattle, as they need to get on a winning streak.
With Wilson set to return, is it possible he could be joined by a former All-Pro wide receiver?
Odell Beckham Jr. was released by the Cleveland Browns on Monday, and, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, he’s likely to go unclaimed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2021
If OBJ does go unclaimed Rapaport believes the New Orleans Saints and Seahawks are teams to keep an eye on. The Saints have a need at wide receiver with Michael Thomas done for the year.
The San Francisco 49ers are also reportedly interested. They sit at 3-5 like the Seahawks, but GM John Lynch doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to pull the trigger on a talent like OBJ.
Seattle is an interesting destination, as OBJ teamed up with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett would be a nice trio of receivers for Wilson. When we last saw OBJ with an above-average NFL starting quarterback (Eli Manning) he was lighting the league on fire. Imagine what he could do with a dynamic talent like Wilson?
Not to mention Pete Carroll is the type of head coach that would be OK with a personality like OBJ.
Potentially signing OBJ as a free agent would also test whether Wilson has any input on personnel decisions. Something he made very clear he wanted earlier this year.
“I want to be involved,” Wilson said. “At the end of the day, it’s your legacy, your team’s legacy. … It helps to be involved more. That dialogue should happen more often.”
Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks tend to have some level of input into personnel. It varies based on a lot of different factors, but Wilson has earned the right to have input.
The risk you run, if you’re Seattle, by not seeking Wilson’s input is upsetting him. Then you potentially have a disgruntled franchise quarterback on your hands.
Whatever team decides to either claim OBJ off waivers and take on $8M in salary, or if he makes it past waivers and is signed as a free agent, is getting a super talented wide receiver. Despite the fallout in Cleveland, this man can still ball.
He’s fiery and passionate and wants to win. Like anyone that is super-talented at literally everything, OBJ gets easily frustrated when those around him can’t do the one thing they are supposed to. Hello, Baker Mayfield.
Wilson wants to win as well and has tasted the ultimate prize. He would love to get Seattle back to the Super Bowl.
A Wilson and OBJ union in Seattle could be what both players need to get what they want. On-field success and a role in determining who plays a part in that success.