49ers news: Biggest winners, losers of Seahawks Russell Wilson trade

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Loser: Commanders

One of those teams on the hunt for a quarterback like Russell Wilson was the Washington Commanders, who reportedly aggressively pursued a trade with the Seahawks for his services, only to be beat out by the Broncos and Seattle’s desire to get Wilson out of the conference:

Washington is justified in its quarterback search, an effort to take advantage of an otherwise weak NFC East and to upgrade over last year’s starter, Tyler Heinicke.

With Wilson off the table now, head coach Ron Rivera and Co. were forced to settle on contingency plans, perhaps even looking at a deal with the 49ers for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who now might be the most competent and experienced option on the trade block.

Instead, the Commanders elected to trade with the Indianapolis Colts for embattled quarterback Carson Wentz, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Wentz and Garoppolo are nowhere near the same category as Wilson, and the Commanders certainly know this. Sure, Wentz might be an upgrade over Heinicke, but the Commanders lost the Wilson sweepstakes in a big way.

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