Seattle likely needs to run the table if it wants to even have a chance to earn a playoff spot. The backdrop in the Pacific Northwest are continued rumors swirling around Wilson and a potential trade.
Remember, the Super Bowl winner gave the Seahawks a list of teams he wanted to be traded to last off-season. While stopping short of requesting a trade, Wilson made it more than clear he’s not happy with the Seahawks’ organization.
Now comes this report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport indicating that Russell Wilson trade chatter is expected to pick up during the off-season.
This also comes on the heels of another report indicating that Wilson would waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to the New York Giants. In addition to this, he’s reportedly interested in the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.
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While Wilson called these reports a non-story, he didn’t deny them. At issue here is the direction of the organization under head coach Pete Carroll. Issues with player personnel matters also came to the forefront early in the calander year with Wilson being upset about the lack of pass protection in front of him.
Wilson has two more years and $51 million remaining on his current contract. Obviously, that will play a role should he request a trade. In short, Seattle doesn’t have to budge if it believes Wilson will be willing to return next season.
- Russell Wilson stats: 101-51-1 record, 65.2% completion, 35,988 yards, 281 touchdowns, 85 interceptions, 101.7 rating
As you can tell, Wilson is among the best quarterbacks in the game and has been since he entered the NFL as a third-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2012.
If on the market, there wouldn’t be a shortage of interest in Wilson’s services. Pretty much every team outside of a select few would view him as an upgrade.
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It would be all about compensation heading back to Seattle. Logically, the team would want a young quarterback in return. It’s not yet known if Drew Lock (Denver Broncos) or Daniel Jones (New York Giants) would be of interest to the Seahawks. As for the Saints, they don’t have a young quarterback to offer up.
There’s also a scenario here that includes the Seahawks turning around and finding an experienced replacement for Wilson should he request a trade. Perhaps, Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans makes sense.
Either way, this is going to be an absolutely huge story once the 2021 season comes to a conclusion. That would be magnified if Seattle finishes with its first losing season since all the way back in 2011.