The New England Patriots might have a need for a veteran QB in 2024 depending on where they pick in the NFL Draft. Well, could that veteran QB be Russell Wilson? A successful veteran QB like Wilson or even Kirk Cousins could be exactly what the New England Patriots need for a period of time during the 2024 NFL season. Right now, the Patriots are picking sixth overall in April's draft.
Well, it's pretty clear that USC QB Caleb Williams and UNC QB Drake Maye are the top two QBs in the coming draft. Right now, the Patriots would likely miss out on both of them picking sixth. And if that draft position does not put them in a spot to pick one of the top two signal callers, they might benefit from taking someone like Bo Nix or Michael Penix Jr.
Here's the thing, though; not every QB who comes out of college into the NFL necessarily benefits from starting immediately. Sure, we've seen rookie QBs start immediately, but some like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts, Kirk Cousins, and Aaron Rodgers did not start immediately as a rookie and perhaps benefitted from sitting for a bit.
That could be the case for the Patriots, depending on if they draft and QB, who it is, and where in the draft they acquire such QB. For that reason, they might want to use a chunk of their cap space to acquire a veteran via trade or free agency to at least bring some form of stability to the position in the meantime. Someone who could fit that mold well might be Denver Broncos' QB Russell Wilson, who may not last into 2024 with the team.
""It’s unclear whether Payton will stick with Russell Wilson at quarterback past this season. If the Broncos decide to move on from him, Wilson has another $37 million that becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2024 league year in March. I would be surprised if Wilson is part of the Broncos’ future.""- Dianna Russini
Wilson could be cut outright, meaning the Patriots would not have to acquire his hefty contract. Well, would Russell Wilson be a strong short-term solution for the team? I think for a couple of reasons, it might be a good move for both sides. Firstly, it's pretty clear that Wilson is someone who cares about his own brand and legacy.
I'm sure playing for a team that has the most Super Bowl titles in NFL history and has a strong overall history would be something Wilson would love. New England is a football "town" if you will, and the fanbase is one of the best ever.
Russell Wilson might be able to elevate his own brand with the Patriots. That might not sound too appetizing for the fans, but the other reason why the fit might make sense is that it's pretty clear what type of offense Russell Wilson plays the best in. This could be a situation where the Patriots sign Wilson on a short-term, team-friendly deal that allows them to easily move on from the QB when they feel like their rookie QB draft pick is ready to go.
Russell Wilson has thrown for 12 touchdowns, four interceptions, and has earned a passer rating of 99 this year. He's not been great, but he's been much better than last year and ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in passer rating and TD passes. This move might make a ton of sense for both sides.