Russell Wilson’s options evaporate (unless he has others)

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Cowboys? Nope. Saints? Nope. Bears? Nope.

Of the four potential destinations identified by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson‘s agent nearly three weeks ago, only one remains potentially viable: the Raiders. The other three teams are by all appearances out.

So it’s the Raiders or no one — unless there are other teams for which Wilson would play, and unless those teams have the capital to get Seattle to say something other than, “Go away.”

It would have to be a team that, presumably, can deliver the kind of draft capital that would allow the Seahawks to land a quarterback, if the Seahawks view one of more of the top prospects as viable options.

Under Pete Carroll and John Schneider, the Seahawks have drafted two quarterbacks: Wilson and Alex McGough. The franchise hasn’t used a first-round pick on a quarterback since Rick Mirer in 1993, two years after using a first-round pick on quarterback Dan McGwire. Those are the only two first-round quarterbacks in franchise history.

If, as seems likely, Wilson stays, that won’t automatically solve the issues between player and team. Wilson wants the offense to run through him. Unless the Seahawks decide to give Wilson what he wants, it could be a potentially awkward and dysfunctional season for Seattle.

60 responses to “Russell Wilson’s options evaporate (unless he has others)

  1. Its weird that there is just utter silence out of both Wilson and the organization right now. Carroll will drive this great 10 year run right off a cliff with his outdated horrible in game coaching without Russ.

  2. Most teams aren’t interested in a player that wants to make personnel decisions.

  3. Andy Dalton is not the Bears starter, he’s insurance. Same for Winston in NoLa, he’s a contingency plan. The Raiders are less likely than those two IMHO. 3 out of 4 options are still open though…

  4. It was all a cry for attention anyways. So many of these high profile players have such fragile egos. Just can’t help being crabby seeing the Goff’s and the Stafford’s in the headlines instead of themselves.

  5. jackedupboonie says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Its weird that there is just utter silence out of both Wilson and the organization right now. Carroll will drive this great 10 year run right off a cliff with his outdated horrible in game coaching without Russ.

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    The right QB can make or breach a head coach. We all see now that Belichick is much more of a mortal man without Tom Brady. He has a losing record when Brady is not starting.

  6. Why are the Bears out? Because they picked up Dalton for one year for $10mil? I don’t think that stops them from going after Russell Wilson, Sam Darnold, or Andrew Luck.. does it?

  7. patriots123456 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Most teams aren’t interested in a player that wants to make personnel decisions.

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    Most teams would have the common sense to get an NFL caliber offensive line to surround a QB when they get one that good. Most teams.

  8. I would not want to be Russ stepping into that locker room after throwing everybody under the bus.

  9. Wilson may have backed himself into a corner. Now the only one of his wish-for teams left is the Raiders and I don’t think Wilson is enough of an upgrade from Carr, who is generally under rated, for them to spend enough draft picks and players to make the deal.

  10. Not much demand for $35 million QBs who are at their best when they’re handing the ball off.

  11. I don’t know nearly as much as you, but I believe when a top 5 NFL QB is possibly available nothing is off the table. I don’t care who signs where.

  12. “Wilson wants the offense to run through him. ” Wilson has never said this. He said he is frustrated getting hit and he takes part of that blame as well. That is what he said.

  13. The more I’ve seen of him over the years, the less I like him. He is a big talent, but he believes all the good things written about him. Besides, Seattle is such a fan boy town that he is never criticized there.

  14. 2020vision says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Most teams would have the common sense to get an NFL caliber offensive line to surround a QB when they get one that good. Most teams.

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    There is no line in the league that can protect a QB when they don’t know where he will be or how long they will need to block for him.

    “Give me the ball and I’ll figure something out” just isn’t something you can build a team on.

  15. You guys in the media need to quit wasting time on this. Wilson’s not going anywhere.

  16. Come on, you know better.

    If the Bears or Saints could pull a trade off tonight they would. Dalton and Winston aren’t standing in the way of that

  17. touchback6 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 8:02 pm
    The guy would rather play for Chicago than New England. Let that one sink in.

    Probably because he watched BB put his ego ahead of the team and blow the SB against the Eagles

  18. Russell Wilson just wanted people to spend the last month talking about him. Maybe he feels he didn’t get enough attention for winning the ‘Man of The Year” award.
    Between everyone canonizing Tom Brady & Drew Brees, he probably felt left out.

  19. boogermcf says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:32 pm
    jackedupboonie says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Its weird that there is just utter silence out of both Wilson and the organization right now. Carroll will drive this great 10 year run right off a cliff with his outdated horrible in game coaching without Russ.

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    The right QB can make or breach a head coach. We all see now that Belichick is much more of a mortal man without Tom Brady. He has a losing record when Brady is not starting.

    33 16 Rate This

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    False. When choosing his own qbs as a GM,, he was 14-6 entering last season.

    He also had winning seasons when he hand picked Testaverde after firing Kosar, the latter something he wanted to do earlier.

    BB then fired Bledsoe. You people are liars. He went 11-5 with Matt Cassel. The guy hadn’t played 4 qtrs since high school, 10 years prior.

  20. He wants the offense to run through him instead of the other teams’ defenses, so he isn’t flattened like Wile E. Coyote every week.

  21. nhpats2011 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 8:21 pm
    touchback6 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 8:02 pm
    The guy would rather play for Chicago than New England. Let that one sink in.

    Probably because he watched BB put his ego ahead of the team and blow the SB against the Eagles

    0 1 Rate This

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    Umm, say what now? Philly is the only team to be gifted 2 illegal tds in a super bowl. Has nothing to do with ego. Brady also dropped a 1st down on their trick play, while wide open. Ironic. Mr Perfect wasn’t so perfect.

  22. Sportswriters love stirring up drama, they can’t get enough of it. The worst thing in the world for those people would be Russell being absolutely content with his employers.

  23. 2020vision says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:34 pm
    patriots123456 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Most teams aren’t interested in a player that wants to make personnel decisions.

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    Most teams would have the common sense to get an NFL caliber offensive line to surround a QB when they get one that good. Most teams.
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    They finished with 12 wins 4 losses, and your claiming they didn’t have an NFL caliber offensive line????

    LOL

  24. I knew this was all BS. This kind of rumer happens every year and the media cover it like the 2nd coming of Jesus.

  25. The Raiders are sure unloading a lot of contracts. They’ve almost gotten rid of their entire offensive line. You might think a team with four out of five new starters along their offensive line would want a QB a little more mobile than Derek Carr.

  26. I am sure glad that Da Bears did not give a “boat load” of draft picks for Wilson.

  27. touchback6 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 8:27 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 8:21 pm
    touchback6 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 8:02 pm
    The guy would rather play for Chicago than New England. Let that one sink in.

    Probably because he watched BB put his ego ahead of the team and blow the SB against the Eagles

    0 1 Rate This

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    Umm, say what now? Philly is the only team to be gifted 2 illegal tds in a super bowl. Has nothing to do with ego. Brady also dropped a 1st down on their trick play, while wide open. Ironic. Mr Perfect wasn’t so perfect.

    —–

    And here I thought only clowns blamed the refs…..oh wait….I am still correct

    Bottom line, BB put his own ego ahead of the team. I would not be possible that Butler could have done any worse than what they had out there. Did the Eagles even need to punt in the game? I don’t believe they did

  28. Poor Russ…..it looks like he’ll just have to console himself with that $32M (with prorated signing bonus) he’s going to make this year.

  29. The Raiders are also off the table, since they have now decided to rebuild their offensive line. As PFT reports elsewhere, “The Raiders have now said goodbye to four of their five offensive line starters from 2020.” If Seahawks want to keep Wilson, they need to sign Center Rodney Hudson.

    It seems this will be a true test of just how genuine is Coach Carroll’s slogan, “always compete.” It seems that “always compete” Pete does not want to have a competitive offensive line, and does not believe that a running game requires a BLOCK FIRST strategy.

  30. Russ never demanded a trade. If he did, Chicago had a monster offer on the table (confirmed by Schefter).

    If Russ pulls that card at some point over the remaining off-season, I doubt a 1 year Dalton contract would dissuade Chicago from pulling the trigger.

    But with this pathetic franchise, who really knows.

  31. It was never going to happen. Seattle would take a $39 million cap hit if he’s traded. Not sure why all the talk. Every GM said the exact same thing ‘there is no way Wilson is traded, none!’

  32. boogermcf says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    The right QB can make or breach a head coach. We all see now that Belichick is much more of a mortal man without Tom Brady. He has a losing record when Brady is not starting.

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    These posts comparing Wilson to Goff or even Stafford are ridiculous

    Wilson has more wins in his first 9 seasons than any NFL QB in history

    And he’s second behind only Peyton Manning with 267 TDs in his first 9 seasons to Manning’s 276

    And that’s on a run first team

    Wilson has never had a losing season. Carroll has only losing NFL seasons without Wilson

  33. Meanwhile, the Raiders have gotten rid of their top wide receiver and entire offensive line in hopes of enticing Russ to come to Sin City. Brilliant!

  34. If Wilson had a decent OL, he wouldn’t be constantly running for his life

    Wisconsin consistently has good OL players, in Wilson’s one year with them, all 5 went on to the NFL

    Wilson had 33 passing TDs with only 4 interceptions with Wisconsin’s run first offense, and the highest passer rating in the history of college football.

  35. I remember how very average and often bad the Hawks were before they drafted Wilson. Hate on him all you like, but if leaves, they become just another mediocre team.

  36. Considering he’s locked up for 3 more years PLUS a couple franchise tags….he doesn’t have many options.

    About as many as Deshown Watson

  37. Don’t know why this became a story, he was never getting traded. Seattle would take too much of a dead cap hit for that to happen.

  38. Well his list never made all that much sense in the first place. He needed a larger list going in. Still time – but options are dwindling.

  39. Wilson’s deep playoff runs involved a great defense and a good running game. The offense has run through him the last 4 years and they’re looking worse every year. Seems pretty obvious.

  40. When Roger Staubach retired, after ten years in the league and two Super Bowl victories, he told Tom Landry, “I’ll come back, if you let me call the plays.”

    Coach said, “We have a system.”

    And that was that. Landry knew he had Danny White on the roster, who really was a good quarterback and might have won a Super Bowl or two, if he hadn’t broken his wrist.

    Russell Wilson doesn’t have that kind of leverage in Seattle. But then neither does Pete Carroll. Without Wilson under center, then who?

    Wilson is no Staubach, and Carroll is no Landry. That is unquestionable.

    Wilson is not happy with the Seahawks. Welcome to the club. The league is full of quarterbacks who are not happy with their teams. Carroll is not about to let him call the plays, nor is any other coach or team. So, the bottom line is, what we have here is a failure to communicate.

  41. touchback6 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    False. When choosing his own qbs as a GM,, he was 14-6 entering last season.

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    Wrong…. BB was GM in Cleveland from 92-95. His record without someone named Brady under center is 49-54.

  42. Scott Baily says:
    March 16, 2021 at 9:26 pm
    It was never going to happen. Seattle would take a $39 million cap hit if he’s traded. Not sure why all the talk. Every GM said the exact same thing ‘there is no way Wilson is traded, none!’
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    This.

    Also, the Raiders aren’t getting rid of Carr.

  43. I would love to see Wilson come and play for the Patriots. He is easily one of the top-5 QBs in the league. Without Wilson, Seattle would be lucky to win a game

  44. Carroll’s game-plan is essentially draw some X’s and O’s, and when it falls apart Russ does something cool. Russ likes it that way. But such out-to-lunch coaches also have downsides. Russ looking for unicorn-coach lol.

  45. Wilson’s deep playoff runs involved a great defense and a good running game. The offense has run through him the last 4 years and they’re looking worse every year. Seems pretty obvious.
    ==========

    Wilson carried his share of the weight. Not much different than the early Brady years.

    The running game wasn’t dominant. It wasn’t Emmitt Smith behind that Great Wall, pounding people into submission. Lynch got yardage in bunches. Had a lot of 2 yard runs, where even then, he had to push the pile.

    I bet he does miss the days where he only had to score 17-20 to win.

  46. Wilson needs to do what so many other players are doing around the league in restructuring to save the team cap space. Same goes for Bobby Wagner. And as much as Russ’s contract hurts the Seahawks cap situation, Wagner’s and Jarran Reed’s are worse because those guys are not performing up to the contract. Homers jump all over me every time I mention Bobby’s performance dropping off a cliff since he got paid, but it’s true. The tackle numbers in the stat box don’t tell the whole story. He makes lots of tackles, but they’re 7+ yards downfield now compared to being at or near the LOS like they were before. He’s been great, he’s just getting old and it’s showing.

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