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Drew Brees and Russell Wilson Have Much Different Outlooks

Two QB’s sure to have equal and opposite reactions to trade

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The free-agent quarterback class was and still is boring, but the first moments of free agency shook up the world’s of a couple of former Super Bowl champion quarterbacks!

The Jimmy Graham action probably gave Drew Brees and Russell Wilson equal and opposite reactions to the surprising trade that sends a first round pick and a quality center to sure up the middle of Brees’ offensive line.

It’s difficult to imagine Brees is at all happy right now, unless Saints’ brass has drawn up the grand scheme for him and that usually doesn’t happen in the NFL.  For all he knows, New Orleans could be looking for a new quarterback in this year’s draft and another coach too if the team continues to swoon from their now fading glory days.  Jimmy Graham gave Brees an out on a lot of plays and there isn’t a player with his ability to be found too often in the draft or in the league, which makes the move all the more surprising; And when these types of things happen, it is usually a money thing, but usually teams can live with their star contracts longer than the Saints just did (Graham’s deal was just done last summer).  Saints’ General Manager Mickey Loomis said they have been good on offense for years, but needed to improve on defense and this is indirect way to help them on that side of the ball.

On the other hand, Russell Wilson just turned his Super Bowl frown upside down and can potentially move on from that terrible night that I’m sure he’s slept like a baby ever since—waking up crying every two hours.

The lack of big-time wideouts has been a criticism of the Seahawks, but Graham’s presence makes all of them better, just as Gronkowski does for his wide receiver teammates on the Patriots.  The return of Marshawn Lynch and now the addition of Jimmy Graham may get Russell Wilson into his third straight Super Bowl in his first four seasons!

The first day of free agency was very entertaining with the Eagles and Rams making a QB switch between them.  Some sad was added in as well with the premature retirements of Jake Locker and Patrick Willis.  With the way things are going, it seems certain that free agency will have a few more twists and turns and more entertaining days ahead!

Former NFL quarterback, training youth QB's in Tampa, Florida. Football Analyst for Bright House Sports Network and Football Insiders.

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