It was a few weeks ago that a potential Russell Wilson trade from the Seattle Seahawks was the talk of the NFL rumor mill. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback made it public record that he was not happy about the lack of pass protection in front of him and an inability to be involved in player personnel decisions.
This led to rampant speculation that the Seahawks might be forced to trade one of the best quarterbacks of the modern era. Now with the 2021 NFL Draft set to get going and offseason programs having already started, things have died down on this front.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider joined head coach Pete Carroll in a pre-draft press conference with reporters on Wednesday. In said presser, Schneider admitted that a number of teams called about a potential Wilson trade.
As you can see, Schneider also noted that he “never actively negotiated with anybody.” Whatever that means is anyone’s best guess. But the general manager made it clear that the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback is not going anywhere any time soon.
Some of Wilson’s issues with the direction of the organization reportedly have to do with Carroll’s power and the CEO mentality he has taken on since the passing of former owner Paul Allen back in 2018. Obviously, he’s unhappy about the play of the team’s offensive line. For good reason. Wilson has been sacked a league-high 394 times since entering the league in 2012.
Are Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in it for the long haul?
That’s the biggest question here. Seattle reportedly turned down a mega-offer from the Chicago Bears earlier in the offseason that included three first-round picks and two starter-caliber defenders. If that offer is not going to get it done, we’re not sure how serious the issues are behind the scenes between Wilson and his organization.
What we do know is that other NFL teams firmly believe Wilson will be traded within the next calendar year. A lot of that will have to do with how his relationship grows (or regresses) with the Seattle Seahawks and their performance in what promises to be an ultra-competitive NFC West in 2021.
For now, Wilson isn’t going anywhere.