Russell Wilson is looking for a few more “superstars” to help the Seahawks take the next step

AP

As the Seahawks pieced together an unexpectedly solid season in 2018, after performing fairly major surgery to the coaching staff and roster, quarterback Russell Wilson said that it felt like 2012 all over again. Which was an important observation, because the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to cap the 2013 season.

After the Seahawks exited the divisional round of the playoffs in 2019, coach Pete Carroll reiterated the notion that it feels like 2012 all over again. Which means that, if 2019 wasn’t 2013, maybe 2020 will be.

And now it’s just a matter of getting there. Speaking to ESPN at the Pro Bowl, Wilson expanded on his prior thoughts regarding what the Seahawks need to do to turn back the clock seven years.

“I think we need a couple more [players],” Wilson told ESPN, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “I think we need a couple more. [Defensive end] Jadeveon [Clowney] is a big-time guy that we would love to get back on our football team. He was so good in the locker room. He brought so many just havoc plays to the field. Hopefully, we can get a few other players there on the defense. Then also on offense, we have a great offense, but I think we can always add more pieces. I think that’s going to be the part that’s going to be great with [General Manager] John Schneider and [coach] Pete [Carroll], as well, in terms of this offseason’s free agency. Free agency is very, very key to getting those superstars on your team and try to get great players that can fill the space.”

It’s a bold statement from Wilson, who rarely ventures into any territory that remotely could be regarded as controversial. For plenty of teams, the input of the quarterback regarding what the team should or shouldn’t do from a personnel standpoint isn’t welcome, since it falls beyond the boundaries of the “do your job” mantra that isn’t exclusive to New England. Of course, if teams want quarterbacks to act like members of management when it comes to putting in extra time and effort and keeping teammates accountable, maybe the job should include input on roster construction. Even then, teams that accept general or specific input from the quarterback regarding offseason roster moves likely would prefer that those views remain internal.

The fact that Wilson tiptoed toward the line reflects the urgency he’s undoubtedly feeling. As he said the day after the loss to the Packers (via Condotta), quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady had “pretty special” seasons during years “eight to 13, 15” of their careers. Wilson now has eight seasons under his belt. His ability to craft a legacy of winning at the highest level hinges in large part on the help he has around him, and he’s currently willing to say he wants more of it, in the form of the Seahawks finding a way to keep Clowney, and to add another “superstar” or two.

50 responses to “Russell Wilson is looking for a few more “superstars” to help the Seahawks take the next step

  1. Sorry, 35 million dollar dude, superstars do not work for peanuts. You should have realized that when you demanded to be paid 35 million dollars a year. Due to the salary cap, the rest of the team will not receive as much money as they could have if you had asked for less money. You can of course restructure your contract or even take a pay cut, but I would be shocked if you would do that. You can talk all you want about wanting to get past the divisional round of the playoffs or even winning another Super Bowl, but unless you take a big paycut or even retire, there isn’t much money the front office can use to lure good players, let alone superstars. In fact, your team may even miss the playoffs next season because you now have 3 teams in your division that can beat your team, and all 3 did it in 2019. That will mean that it is hard for Seattle to win its division until it gets a lot better. The road to the Super Bowl for a wild card is dauntingly difficult. Good luck, but unfortunately no one can count on luck. Even if you were the number 1 seed this season, you would probably have lost to either Green Bay, New Orleans or Frisco in the playoffs.

  2. Russell, please don’t the NFL into the NBA, where the offseason is a bigger deal than the regular season.

  3. Great job by Russell to step up and state what is obvious to the rest of Hawk fans. Not only do the Hawks need a few more superstars, PC needs to retire. His old run the ball with the #30 rated OL and play conservative cover 1/3 defense is antiquated.

    Hawks have changed Offensive Coordinators, changed D coordinators, replaced OL coaches, etc, with the same results over the past 5 years. The only thing constant is PC’s gum chewing, pop pom waving sideline cheer leading with poor clock management and inability to adjust game plans until it’s too late.

    The whole team is Russell Wilson. As much as I like Wags, that $18mm is an overpay as he didn’t even cover Jimmy Graham who torched the Hawks for 3 key 1st downs in the playoff loss. Why spend $18mm/yr on a LB if you’re not going to use your best and highest paid D player in crucial situations? Poor scheme.

    Pete Carroll is wasting Russell Wilson’s HOF career but keeps acting like it’s 2012. He said it after the 2018 playoff loss to Dallas and now rePETE’s it after the 2019 loss to the Packers. Hawks aren’t close to the talent of that 2012 team and the new coaches are more aggressive in beating Seattle.

    The team is not close to getting back to a NFCCG until it revamps the trenches. The OL is in shambles and the D line can’t generate pressure. Time for a coaching change and focus on pass blocking instead of these old guards that can’t block and an undersized center that stinks. Amazing that RW makes it through the season as often as he’s under siege play after play.

    Without Russell Wilson, this team wins 4 games. His Houdiniesque escapability and sand lot football is what willed the team to 11 wins. Pete Carroll is a very good leader and coach for a rah rah college team but is too conservative in today’s go for it aggressive NFL. Step down Pete and just be the President of the organization. Your coaching days have passed you bye. bye bye.

  4. Is you need a couple more super stars then expect to be disappointed.
    It’s hard to draft 2 hall of famers in one draft, that’s rarely done.
    The Seahawks did it several years ago, but haven’t drafted nearly as well since then.

  5. We don’t need “superstars”, we need 2 more OL who can friggin pass protect, 2 guys who can get NEAR the QB so they don’t have ALL DAY to throw and a CB to replace Flowers

  6. Letting Wilson throw the ball in the first half instead of asking him to pull miracles out in the 4th quarter most games would be a good start. Also put a D scheme in that doesn’t allow receivers to be wide open because you don’t want to get beat deep is another. Sure better players are always a good idea but the coaching is the biggest issue.

  7. In the 2019 preseason, Petey and Shorty actually said that it felt like 2013. I laughed out loud at that claim because the 2013 team led the league in allowing the fewest points per game and it had the Legion of Boom The 2019 team is terrible defensively, allowing almost 28 points per game at one point and it has a Legion of Bust.

  8. They can spend that cap on 2 “superstar” free agents ( Graham, Harvin ) or get 4 or 5 good players ( Lynch, Bennett, Avril ) that become very goo

    Superstar free agents don’t usually pan out for Seattle, whereas getting 3,4,5 good players with the potential to get much better does.

    There is too many holes to fill ( at least 2 o-line and 3 d-line ), gotta use that free capo wisely.

    Lastly, as much I love Russ at qb for Seattle, I wouldn’t swap him for anyone else, if he wants superstar players, to be able to afford them, he may have to do the whole team friendly thing, and take a lesser amount next contract.

  9. This is a standard lament of QB’s and unknowing fans who parrot the same thing over and over like a stuck record album.

    Teams with a franchise QB MUST win the Super Bowl BEFORE that QB’s 2nd contract. When a team gets lucky and their drafted QB turns into a bonafide NFL QB … turn out the lights. It’s over.

    After that contract, you get to listen to fans bellyaching that “we need to get more weapons for Russ … Aaron … {fill in the blank here}”, and once you do, you’re stuck with an average to poor defense because you’ve got “toys” and are unable to fill in those holes because those toys want to be paid too.

    Then, you get to listen to other fans’ teams declaring the window closed because your GM has wasted “X’s” best years and he’s now on the downside of 28 years old. Blah blah blah …

    It’s as predictable as when you eat Mexican food for lunch and Italian for dinner. Guess what’s gonna happen…. Still, it’s nearly impossible to win without an NFL caliber QB1 — it’s an ugly and vicious cycle.

  10. And while the Rams will always be known as the greatest show on turf (lost XXXVI to the Patriots) the Seahawks will fondly be remembered as the one year dynasty (lost SB XLIX to the Patriots).

  11. Should have done the Brady thing and taken a smaller contract so your team could more easily afford those superstars and fit in under the cap.

  12. Russell’s contract pretty much guaranteed the first two years of it would be really tough to win it all because too much was going to one guy. The last two years are a different story. The cap has increased substantially and there are some new dollars. If Seattle can hit on some free agents and some of their draft picks can develop before they get to a new contract they have a shot.

    Some people are Pete bashing, which To some extent is fair, but the grass isn’t always greener. Yes, the Offense has always been conservative and clock management has been head scratching at times, but we have won a Super Bowl (probably should have been two) and been to the playoffs almost every year. I’d say Seattle has been a top 5 franchise since Pete showed up. Be careful what you wish for. Despite the warts (which all coaches have some) I think Pete can get Seattle another ring. .

  13. It’s fortunate that the Seahawks don’t have a large portion of the cap taken up by one player, ‘cause if they did, it’d be very difficult to go get superstar players to help.

  14. Its ok Seattle fans, you can let Pete go. We have Russell Wilson, and that is the only thing keeping Carroll employed with the Seahawks. Imagine if this team was better prepared during 2 minute drills and game planned weekly, instead of just craping away the first 40 minutes then telling Wilson to release the Kraken. Not much of a 2020 plan of attack-

  15. Seattle’s drafting and personnel acquisition has been poor since Scot McGloughan left. With Wilson’s cap hit, the superstars must be found in the draft, on rookie contracts. Good luck without major personnel department changes……..

  16. Russ when you take $107 million guaranteed it doesn’t leave enough left for a defense and 2 more superstars. The NFL has elevated the QB position with it’s rules so you either have a QB or a solid team without a QB. The salary cap issue needs to be fixed.

  17. That’s a great idea Russ. I think every team in the league would like couple more superstars on their team. Unfortunately when one player takes up a major portion of the salary cap that makes it very difficult to do.

  18. Why would he want superstars on his team when he can just run with the ball on 90% of the pass plays. More accurately, why would superstars want to play there when he runs the ball on 90% of the pass plays.

  19. few seem to remember how dangeruss played for a bargain his first years and still won a
    superbowl, no big bonus for a 3rd rounderer either. Market conditions dictate salaries,
    and the NFL is more filthy rich than ever. Still it doesn’t make sense to hobble the best
    Qb Seahawks ever had by such poor OL play. Carrol’s defense needs aggressive DB’s that can Tackle and DL miserably failed pressuring any opponent’s QB: especially Rodgers of GB who
    ELLIMINATED the Seahawks from the play-offs. These are obvious observations: recent
    draft success has been lacking regarding drafting talented OL and DL prospects and it seems
    this category could easily improve.

  20. The NFL salary cap works. It prevents a big market team from buying up the best players. This puts more emphasis on the scouting and coaching to find potential players that can be molded into a contender before they become eligible for 2nd contracts. You identify the core and try to resign those players only. It creates parity and it gives fans the hope that their favorite team can contend for a championship. The two reasons the NFL is successful is revenue sharing and salary cap.

  21. Seattle has only missed the playoffs twice last decade. And the years they missed, there records were 7-9 and 9-7, far from horrible seasons. And they have a great core in Russell on the offence and Bobby Wagner on Defence, until those to retire they will be in the running for super bowl title every year.

  22. If one guy thinks he’s good enough to demand $35 million of the total cap money, then he should be the last guy saying “we need more help”. Put your money where your mouth is.

  23. Maybe if he had a super star head coach would get them over the hump! Old Pete is holding the Seahawks back!

  24. The salary cap is the great equalizer. Successful teams generally don’t want to pay huge contracts to superstar players after their rookie contract.

  25. 6burgh says:
    January 26, 2020 at 12:52 pm
    Seattle has only missed the playoffs twice last decade. And the years they missed, there records were 7-9 and 9-7, far from horrible seasons. And they have a great core in Russell on the offence and Bobby Wagner on Defence, until those to retire they will be in the running for super bowl title every year.
    ***************************************************
    A 3-4 playoff record the past 5 years in which the victories came against an even more depleted Eagle team full of backups, the Lions, and Blair Walsh missing a 20 yard chip shot as time expired. That……doesn’t scream ‘In the Running For a Super Bowl’ to me unfortunately.

  26. Just to clarify a few things:

    Wilson is signed long term, as is Wagner. They have no major free agents besides Clowney. They have $60 million in cap space (8th most in the NFL) in 2020 and $95 million in 2021, even with Wagner and Wilson’s deals. Contrary to the “not drafted well” comments, Pete and John have drafted Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Shaquille Griffin Chris Carson and Rashad Penny in the last few years. They have 3 picks in the first two rounds this year. They are well positioned to stock up and go forward next year. If it wasn’t for half the roster being gutted by injuries, they’d be playing this weekend.

    So that’s the actual situation.

  27. @jackedupboonie

    How is being in the playoffs 80 percent of the time not being in the running for the super bowl?

  28. Seattle isn’t close to a super bowl. Beating a bad Philly team, and losing to an average packers team….don’t see it

  29. Seattle’s downfall this year was the defense. Not the offense.

    People complain that players should have taken less. To a point, I agree, because I’m a fan. If I were a player, I wouldn’t.

    Yet, not one person on this site, including me, would not take less money at their job to benefit the company they work for.

    Pro sports is a business, period! Football players are employees, period!

    How many here spends thousands on PSL’s? It’s just a seat! Your couch is more comfy, and much cheaper.

    I do not have a problem with an ’employee’ trying to maximize their income.

    We’d do the same.

    It’s just a frickin game, folks!

  30. charliecharger says:
    January 26, 2020 at 1:18 pm
    If one guy thinks he’s good enough to demand $35 million of the total cap money, then he should be the last guy saying “we need more help”. Put your money where your mouth is.
    ++++
    Shouldn’t you be more worried about your below average QB than another’s?

  31. Another Seahawk thread dominated by Niner fans and Seahawk haters.

    Weird

    They know how close the Hawks are.

    Heck, Seattle won IN Santa Clara this year and only lost the second game by inches because Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement to try and help an old squad after losing their top 3 running backs for the year.

    He was handing out tequila shots at the raiders final home game and he still scored a tough TD vs the Niners in the final game in the season.

    Seattle might be the only team that can match up with this Niners team in the NFC.

    See you next year.

  32. Why are so many comments about how Russell Wilson is taking too much money? He is the most important player on the team and got paid peanuts on his rookie contract…and by the way, Russell Wilson and the offense isn’t the issue on the Seahawks, it is the defense…and yes, two or three hits on free agency or the draft and Seattle could make it to the Super Bowl….

  33. A) The Seahawks will have over $70 million in cap and 3 picks in the first two rounds
    B) Recently, the Seahawks drafted Frank Clark, Chris Carson, Shaquill Griffin, Jarran Reed, Micheal Dickson and DK Metcalf. All but Metcalf made the Pro Bowl, and he sniffed 1000 yards
    C) Wilson is the only reason Seattle won 11 games. Without him, they go 3-13 and are picking in the top 5.

  34. I like how the Wilson’s, Brees’s, Rodgers, ect, ect push for there teams sign there own or someone else’s “superstars” when they are chewing up at least one third of the cap. Should have taken the Brady discount, you may have not been running for your life every pass play.

  35. seahawkboymike says:
    January 26, 2020 at 3:04 pm
    Just to clarify a few things:

    Wilson is signed long term, as is Wagner. They have no major free agents besides Clowney. They have $60 million in cap space (8th most in the NFL) in 2020 and $95 million in 2021, even with Wagner and Wilson’s deals. Contrary to the “not drafted well” comments, Pete and John have drafted Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Shaquille Griffin Chris Carson and Rashad Penny in the last few years. They have 3 picks in the first two rounds this year. They are well positioned to stock up and go forward next year. If it wasn’t for half the roster being gutted by injuries, they’d be playing this weekend.

    So that’s the actual situation.>>

    No one was afraid, or even very afraid?

    Better luck next year.

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