Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback swap for Russell Wilson possible

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
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Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
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To Seattle:

While trading for Russell Wilson would be great, that means the Dallas Cowboys will need to give up something great. Jerry Jones needs to convince Seahawks general manager John Schneider that what the Cowboys have to offer is the best compared to the other three teams.

Part of the package heading to Seattle would need to include quarterback Dak Prescott. That means they need to get him to sign the franchise tag. Or, if they believe Wilson is an upgrade, sign, and trade Dak.

As much as I would like for that to be enough, it won’t be. Schneider is likely going to want draft picks. Since the Seahawks don’t have a first-rounder this season or next season, it will need to be a top pick. Dallas picks 10th overall this season, meaning Schneider will demand it from this draft.

For the price of Dak Prescott and the 10th overall pick from this year’s draft, Dallas still might have to pay up more. They can add in a 2021 or 2022 third-round draft pick. The Cowboys will get a compensatory third-round pick this season, so that helps out.

Dallas will need to offer up a lot along with Prescott for two reasons. One, because of the season-ending ankle injury. Two, because of the contract situation between the team and Dak.

All of that could work out, but that’s if Dak agrees to the trade. If he opts not to sign the franchise tag or his contract, the Cowboys will need to find another way to steal Wilson from Seattle.

There was already a blockbuster trade this season involving quarterbacks. For Matthew Stafford, the Los Angeles Rams traded Jared Goff, two first-round picks, and one third-round pick.

With that in mind, Seattle would want at least three first-round picks in return for Wilson. That is a hefty price and one that would surely give Jerry Jones a hard time.

The positive from giving up all those draft picks is Dallas would acquire their immediate need. Seattle would need to sign a quarterback in free agency or trade for one. Why not sign Dak Prescott? In that case, Schneider gets a plethora of draft picks and a franchise quarterback.