Colin Cowherd: Russell Wilson should put Washington on his list of destinations

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Cowherd: Russell Wilson should put WFT on list originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

With Dak Prescott swimming in a pool of cash thanks to his recent deal, Russell Wilson's preferred list of destinations — should the Seahawks choose to trade him, which according to reports appears to be a ways from happening, FYI — is now reportedly down to the Bears, the Saints and the Raiders.

One major media personality, however, thinks the star signal-caller should make an edit to that list, if the reports are correct.

During his Fox Sports radio show on Monday, Colin Cowherd argued that Washington is currently in a similar place that Tampa Bay was last offseason just before they signed Tom Brady. That's something this website pointed out just after the Bucs' Super Bowl victory in February. 

"What was Tampa?" Cowherd said. "They'd been 7-9, veteran head coach, super talented defense, promising O-line."

"Wait," he continued. "Washington was 7-9, veteran head coach, great defensive talent, promising O-line."

"Tom Brady looked around the league, he could go anywhere — anywhere — and Tom said, 'All right, got the coach, I got the championship defense, I got some offensive pieces I like, and the offensive line needs a right tackle but it's good.' That is Washington. The difference is Washington just made the playoffs."

Cowherd's premise is solid — as long as you don't look at it too closely.

The two clubs' records match up, and Bruce Arians and Ron Rivera are both respected leaders. So far, so good.

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Now, Washington's defense needs more bolstering before it's considered one of the sport's most feared, and they don't exactly have anyone comparable to the likes of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.

Additionally, when Brady joined Tampa, he brought Ron Gronkowski with him and also helped attract Leonard Fournette and Antonio Brown. Could Wilson pull off recruiting of that level (including convincing the club's front office to sign someone with Brown's pre-Tampa reputation)?

And, oh yeah, here's the most important point: Wilson's opinion, and not Cowherd's, is the only one that matters. If he doesn't want to be dealt to Rivera's team, he won't be, thanks to the no-trade clause in his contract.

So, upon further review, while one mid-20s, intelligent blogger has previously outlined how Washington could be one marquee QB away from making a jump to real contender status much like Cowherd did on Monday, the reality is that it's difficult to see Wilson actually changing organizations. That's probably putting it kindly, too.

But until Rivera's quarterback room is filled, the speculation will remain fervent, and a little speculation never hurt anybody.

"It is time for Russell Wilson to pivot off Chicago and go to Washington. He would own the division," Cowherd concluded. "Pencil not pen. Erase. Insert Washington over Chicago."