Report: Washington 'monitoring' situation between Seattle and Russell Wilson

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Report: Washington 'monitoring' situation with Seattle and Russell Wilson originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Ron Rivera pledged to exhaust all options in the search for a new quarterback for the Washington Football Team, and that apparently includes keeping tabs on Russell Wilson.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora joined the BMitch & Finlay show on 106.7 the Fan on Friday afternoon and the reporter explained that Rivera's team is watching as things play out for the Seahawks. 

From La Canfora: 

They’re certainly going to be evaluating any quarterback who’s available. Like this Russell Wilson chatter is not lost on them I can assure you that. And it’s more than chatter, there’s a thing brewing there. Not as Deshaun Watson levels yet, it may be amendable, there may be some way to keep that thing together but people are monitoring it and I can tell you Washington is doing that.

On some level this is obvious, but deeper, it shows Washington's willingness to take big swings on the QB market. 

Multiple reports showed the organization's interest in trading for former Detroit QB Matthew Stafford, who landed in Los Angeles. Washington has also reportedly expressed interest or inquired about other QBs like the Raiders Derek Carr and the Jets Sam Darnold. 

For Washington, much of it could be due diligence. 

A wise team wants to know the costs associated in trades, even if it's just to gauge interest in other moves. 

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And the other moves part could be exactly why Washington wants to know what's happening in Seattle. Even if Wilson is not targeted by Rivera's team - the price could be too high or Wilson might not want to come to Washington or a million other factors could be involved. 

But Washington could want to know what teams are checking in on Wilson because that could mean another QB hits the market. For instance, if Vegas is calling about Wilson, then Derek Carr might be available. 

Washington might want Wilson, heck, Washington should want Wilson. He's one of the best QBs in the league. He's got a Super Bowl ring and another Super Bowl appearance. In nine NFL seasons, Wilson has thrown for more than 33,000 yards with 267 TDs against 81 interceptions. 

He's an absolute star, and it seems probable Wilson never leaves Seattle. 

Still, Rivera or his crew should call. Check things out. Ask around. 

The search for QBX will not be easy or quick for Washington, but it must be thorough. Rivera won't allow for anything else.