Russell Wilson can not say he wants to quarterback the giants without looking like a jerk.
His opponents can.
Weeks of rumors and speculation within the agent and media industry have given way to public comment from a player who shows great respect for Wilson since his many battles across the way. face in the western division of the NFC.
"Russ wants New York," said his verified Twitter account, Tyrann Mathieu, who has spent most of his career with the Cardinals. "But you did not hear that from T."
Except that everyone on social media has now heard from Mathieu.
The Giants are thought to have been interested in Mathieu's signing during the free-standing phase of the last two offseasons, but he quickly broke out of their range. After a season with the Texans, he signed a $ 42 million contract over three years.
Wilson, a minor baseball player with the Yankees and a spring coach, played down the opportunity to go to the Giants in the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and again in his baseball uniform.
But he did not say that he would not be interested. Just that he loves Seattle and that he does not expect the Seahawks to let him escape after taking the team to two Super Bowls earlier in his career and to a playoff qualifier in 2018.
Pro Bowler, five times 30, enters the final year of his contract. He is online to receive the richest contract in the history of the NFL, but he has set a deadline for extension talks that expires on Monday.
If no agreement is reached and the discussions are not really engaged, speculation about a marriage between Giants and Wilson will continue.
Of course, the Seahawks are leveraged because they can pass Wilson twice, forcing him to play with high-paying one-year contracts or spend the entire season away from defenseman Leetson Bell. against the Steelers in 2018.
The Giants hold three of the top-ranked NFL 2019 draft picks that could be used as commercial bait for Wilson, but this creates a strange situation with Eli Manning Hall of Fame quarterback and his $ 23.2 million salary cap. which should start in the final. year of his contract.
Wilson is the ideal solution in 2020 for the simultaneous reconstruction of the Giants in the competitor plane.
But that only works if the Giants do not name Manning's successor in 2019, if they are able to say goodbye to Manning, if the Seahawks let Wilson go to an agency or accept an exchange, and about a dozen others if.