Russell Wilson to Eagles Odds Move From 40/1 to 5/1

Russel Wilson With Philadelphia Eagles Background

  • The odds of the Philadelphia Eagles landing Russell Wilson has shifted from 40/1 to 5/1 over the past week.
  • Philadelphia and the Miami Dolphins are the +500 co-favorites to be Wilson’s team next season if he doesn’t return to the Seahawks.
  • At BetMGM, 77% of the tickets and 81% of the money have been wageed on “any other quarterback” starting for Seattle next season.

Russell Wilson may have played his last game for the Seattle Seahawks. At least, that’s what oddsmakers are saying.

The best NFL sportsbooks have put up betting odds for Wilson’s next team if he doesn’t return to the Seahawks and while Seattle is still their odds on favorite to keep its starting QB, putting his name alongside other teams may be an indication that something is cooking.

This past offseason, Wilson’s agent gave the Seahawks a list of four teams that he (Wilson) would agree to get traded to. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, these teams were the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, and Chicago Bears. However, Wilson never made any formal trade request and said that he wanted to remain in Seattle.

He stayed and the Seahawks underachieved during the 2021 season, finishing with a 7-10 record, their worst record since 2011 when Tavares Jackson was their starting quarterback. After the season, Wilson told Mad Dog Sports Radio that his “hope and goal is to be back and keep winning” in Seattle. Still, the rumors of Wilson moving elsewhere have persisted.

Eagles Odds Have Shifted From +4000 to +500

Just last week, Wilson was just a +4000 to play for the Eagles. The latest BetOnline odds board has him now at +500 to play in Philadelphia, tied with the Miami Dolphins as his team next season if he doesn’t end up in Seattle.

The Steelers are listed at +600 along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were the betting favorites last week. Both the Steelers and Buccaneers would love to have Wilson right now because their 2021 starters, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, respectively, announced after the season that they are retiring. But the Eagles seem content with Jalen Hurts who took them back to the playoffs after a 4-11-1 season in 2020.

It’s unclear why BetOnline moved the Eagles to the top of their odds boards. Perhaps they know something we don’t. There have been some musings in the mailbag that have explored the possibility of the Eagles trading for Wilson. But right now, there has been no concrete evidence to really move the needle, except if that futures bet got heavy action at BetOnline.

Deal or No Deal?

At BetMGM, the odds of Wilson being the Seahawks’ Week 1 starter next season opened at -400 with the option of “any other quarterback” listed at +280. The odds have since shifted to -350 for Wilson and +240 for “others”. 77.4% of the bets and 81.3% of the total betting handle have so far been wagered on the “others”.

A couple of weeks ago, there were reports that Jalen Hurts’ spot on the Eagles may not be as certain as we all think it is right now. That likely fueled the Russell Wilson rumors and with Aaron Rodgers, a +275 betting favorite to go to Denver if he leaves Green Bay, then Wilson is the most realistic option if the Eagles indeed want to part with Hurts.

The past two seasons in the NFL, the team that won the Super Bowl did so with a veteran quarterback acquired in the immediate offseason before the start of that campaign. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won in 2020 with Tom Brady. The L.A. Rams won with Matthew Stafford this year. Perhaps that is something that the Eagles are pondering about right now.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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