Rumors of a rift between Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his organization earlier this offseason has given in to some much-needed quiet on that front.
Seattle is slated to open up training camp in roughly two weeks, and we have not heard a whole bunch recently.
For his part, Wilson took to the media recently to tell his side of the story. Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, the former Super Bowl MVP had a rather interesting take. More than anything, he seemed to blame said media for blowing the entire thing out of proportion.
“I think it was definitely blown out of proportion in terms of the moment and what it became, which was a little unfortunate,” Wilson said (h/t NY Post). “More than anything else, you know what I care about? I care about winning, and that’s what I wanna do. So I just put my cleats on everyday — that’s always been my focus, that’s always been my goal, is to win it all and just to continue to do that and try to do everything we can.”
The 32-year-old Wilson was seemingly upset over the direction of the organization. That’s primarily true when it comes to the lack of pass protection from Seattle’s offensive line. After all, the future Hall of Famer has been sacked 394 times in nine seasons — including a league-high 230 times over the past five seasons.
There were also reportedly some issues between Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll. That stems from Carroll allegedly having pretty much full control of the Seahawks’ organization following the death of longtime owner Paul Allen back in 2018.
Was the Russell Wilson drama with the Seattle Seahawks blown out of proportion?
No, the media would never! All joking aside, Wilson did not deny that he gave Seahawks general manager John Schneider a list of four teams he would accept a trade to.
“I think anytime in sports there’s a potential of being traded. I think there’s always a real opportunity of that. But I think I’ve always wanted to be in Seattle,” Wilson continued. “I’ve always loved being there and it’s the place I’ve always wanted to play, so it’s been great.”
On the surface, this seems to suggest that there were some obvious issues behind the scenes between Wilson and the Seahawks’ organization. As it relates to the quarterback’s relationship with Carroll, Wilson seems to believe that they are in a good spot.
“I think me and Pete have gotten closer,” said Wilson. “Pete and I have always had a great bond but I think we got to have a great heart to heart. He’s got goals, I’ve got goals and we want to do great things. To actually really dive into those and really talk about those missions, those goals, it was fun. I think me and coach Carroll’s relationship is stronger than ever and I think that’s the best part about it and my teammates.”
As it stands, winning solves everything. If Seattle were to rebound from its loss to the division rival Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wildcard Playoffs a season ago and go deep in the postseason, everything will be forgotten.
If not, there’s a good chance that we’re going to hear more about Wilson’s discontent in the Pacific Northwest once the 2021 NFL season draws to a conclusion.