One analyst says Washington has all Russell Wilson would want in a new team

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One analyst says Washington has all Russell Wilson would want originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As the Washington Football Team's search for a franchise quarterback continues, there's another veteran signal-caller who could soon be entering the available mix.

Seahawks star Russell Wilson, who many would assume is untouchable, was quite vague about his future in Seattle when asked about it on Tuesday. Speaking with Dan Patrick, Wilson said he believes the Seahawks have received calls about a potential Wilson trade and is "not sure" whether the team has made him available.

If Wilson does soon become available on the trade block, Pro Football Focus' Eric Eager thinks Washington would be a destination the quarterback would strongly consider.

"What Wilson wants is what Washington has," Eager said on The Sports Junkies on Tuesday.

In his nine seasons with the Seahawks, Wilson has led Seattle to the playoffs eight times. He's been to two Super Bowls and won one, a 43-8 blowout over Denver. Seattle's worst finish with Wilson under center has been a 9-7 record. The Seahawks have finished with 11 or more wins in five of Wilson's nine years.

All Wilson has done during his NFL career is win.

So, why would he want to come to Washington, a team that has made the playoffs just five times in the past two decades and has not made a conference championship since 1991?

"A great head coach, stability on the coaching staff at least, and he would be playing in front of a great defense, which is what Washington has," Eager said.

In his first year as head coach, Ron Rivera turned a 3-13 roster into NFC East champions. Sure, Washington had the benefit of playing in a terrible division, but the club earned that playoff spot over its three competitors.

With several young pieces on both sides of the ball -- including standouts Chase Young, Terry McLaurin and others -- Washington has plenty of pieces to be a contender once it figures out the quarterback situation. 

"Russell Wilson would turn the Washington Football Team not only into the favorites to repeat in the NFC East but a favorite in the NFC," Eager said.

While Rivera said last week he's not in a hurry to find a franchise quarterback, the club has been aggressive in searching for an upgrade this offseason. Washington was in on the Matthew Stafford sweepstakes before he was traded to Los Angeles and even reportedly inquired about Jared Goff, who was sent to Detroit in the Stafford deal.

If Wilson does ultimately hit the trade market, it's fair to think Washington will at least consider the idea.