Over the past month or so it’s become apparent that Russell Wilson’s relationship with the Seahawks isn’t exactly perfect. It all seemed to start when Seattle elected to fire offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Then, Wilson took his frustrations public by voicing his displeasures with the media and things have seemingly continued to unravel since.
Recent reports have suggested that Seattle’s starting price on a trade for Wilson would be three first-round draft picks.
At first glance, this all just seems like Wilson is upset that he wasn’t involved in a personnel decision. Add that to the fact that the Seahawks had an early exit in the playoffs and you have a frustrated player, which is normal. The organization being upset with Wilson for airing out his frustrations to the media is totally normal as well.
Both parties are frustrated, they’ll get over it, and Wilson will be the starting QB for Seattle next season, right? Well, it may not be that simple according to a recent story published by The Athletic. According to co-authors Jayson Jenkins, Mike Sando, and Michael-Shawn Dugar, Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll butted heads quite often during the 2020 season and it sounds like Wilson has simply had enough.
According to The Athletic’s story, Wilson’s camp has “broached potential trade destinations with the Seahawks” and the teams include the Saints, Dolphins, Raiders, and Jets.
“Wilson and Carroll have won at least nine games in each of nine seasons together. They have made the playoffs every season but one, won a Super Bowl and lost another. But the Seahawks haven’t reached the NFC Championship game since 2014, and Wilson’s frustration has escalated to the point that his camp has broached potential trade destinations with the Seahawks. According to sources, those teams include ones mentioned in La Canfora’s column the day of the Super Bowl: the Dolphins, Jets, Saints and Raiders. Some people around the league think a trade could happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the near future.”
If you’re a Seahawks fan, you can’t feel great reading that. It certainly sounds like Wilson wants out of Seattle, it’s as simple as that.
Wilson does have a no-trade clause in his contract, so he will have a say in where he gets dealt to, if in fact he gets dealt.
It would be absolutely astonishing to see Seattle trade Wilson, who is without question a Top 5 quarterback in the NFL and still just 32-years-old. It’s tough to imagine Wilson wearing any other jersey, but that may be the case by the time next season rolls around.