Russell Wilson insists he never requested trade and “is here to win it all”

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Star quarterback Russell Wilson said Thursday he is fully committed to the Seahawks. He insists he never requested a trade from Seattle, even though his agent publicly provided a list of four teams — the Bears, Cowboys, Raiders and Saints — for whom Wilson would waive his no-trade clause.

“I think first of all, you know obviously I love Seattle. I love playing here,” Wilson said. “I’ve had a great career here so far. I’ve always wanted to play here for my whole career, obviously. I think there were some unfortunate frustrations after the season. Obviously you want to win it all and do it all, and do everything you can. I think everybody on our team does. We all want to win it. I think, unfortunately, it got a little bit blown out of proportion. I think that my ultimate goal is to win. You know I get paid to win . . . and we’ve done a lot of that over the years. The mission is to continue to do the same, but do a little bit more. I think the reality is that that’s the only thing I’m focused on is winning and doing whatever it takes to win. That’s why I wake up every day and lace my cleats to train every day. That’s what my teammates are doing, too, and so that’s what I’m looking forward to.

“In terms of the trade talks, I think anytime you play professional sports, there’s always a possibility of something happening, right? I think that’s just the reality. I think that there’s a lot of teams out there that people were saying that I was going to, or would go, that I requested a trade. I did not request a trade. I’ve always wanted to play here. The reality is I think calls were getting thrown around and this and that, and I mean that’s just a reality. But I think at the end of the day the real reality is I’m here and I’m here to win. I’m here to win at all.”

Wilson said he had great conversations with coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider after publicly expressing frustration after the season.

The team’s postseason failures surely have driven the discontent. Since back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013-14, the Seahawks are only 3-5 in the playoffs since 2015, failing to get beyond the divisional round.

Wilson mentioned several times in his Thursday press conference his plans were to bring another Lombardi Trophy — or more — back to Seattle.

38 responses to “Russell Wilson insists he never requested trade and “is here to win it all”

  1. Wilson is the Carlton Banks of football. Opposing teams should play Tom Jones music when he is running onto the field.

  2. I ain’t buying it. But he’s on the hook to play in Seattle at least for this season.

  3. It doesn’t matter… The way I see it, the Rams and 9ers will likely be the 2 teams contending for that division’s title… Seahawks are on the decline!

  4. Yeah and he did absolutely nothing to quash all of the rumors a couple of months ago when all this was going on. Now that he didn’t get moved of course he’s happy to still be in Seattle.

  5. Win it all meaning maybe a wild card berth? Hawks are what? 7th or 8th best team in NFC?

  6. Seattle has squandered draft picks to “win it all”. It hasn’t worked. Expect Wilson, Carroll and Schneider all to be gone in two years……..

  7. Wilson looks like he came to camp in better shape this year. Last year, not only the Seahawks’ offense, but also the quarterback’s play became predictable. The big questions now are whether Wilson will play great all season and what happens if the Seahawks – who have a tougher schedule this year within a very tough division – don’t make it to or go 0-1 again in the playoffs

  8. Russell is saying he was frustrated on how the season ended and what he said was blown up more than he thought it deserved. He obviously was, but it wasn’t. He was setting the stage for next off season, if they don’t do better. In the meantime, “Go Hawks!”

  9. Everyone took the Bears out of the running for a Wilson trade because they didn’t have a franchise QB the “draft capital” to acquire one. They had enough to get Justin Fields.

  10. So you didn’t demand a trade, yet when all the rumors were circling for months you did nothing to disspell them. Sure.

  11. This guy Wilson.
    It was all over the news before the draft about how “appealing” he found Chicago.
    Or was that an imposter? Was he hacked?

  12. Great football player, incredibly fake person. Everything that comes out of this guy’s mouth seems doctored, manufactured – whatever the opposite of genuine is.

  13. SF still has to rely on Crappalo – they barely beat the Hawks when Hawks had to bring back Marshawn from the nursing home. The rookie is just that.

    And the Rams have “Sitting Target Stafford” who will be ripped up in this division.

    Mean time the Hawks Dline is much improved. Their OLine which was top 10 until injuries to Iupati. They’ve now upgraded.

    Receivers, already among the best got much better. RB improved with Penny.

    But the biggest upgrade is at OC. Hawks will finally run a modern offense. Everyone will look better due to the pace and deception.

    Go Hawks!

  14. anadromous2 says:
    June 10, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    Wilson looks like he came to camp in better shape this year. Last year, not only the Seahawks’ offense, but also the quarterback’s play became predictable. The big questions now are whether Wilson will play great all season and what happens if the Seahawks – who have a tougher schedule this year within a very tough division – don’t make it to or go 0-1 again in the playoffs
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    12 of their 16 games last season were against teams that didn’t finish the season over .500 Most anything would constitute a tougher schedule.

  15. Fer sure Russ, your agent publicly declaring your preferred trade destinations TOTALLY got blown out of proportion. But you better win it all soon because once Decaff Metkay gets paid, General Manager Russ is going to have a tough time putting together a proper offensive line.

  16. Interesting how he never considered that maybe his contract is the reason the team cannot take that next step. In the NFL, difficult to get paid and buid team. Last ten or super bowl winners had teams. It’s Russell, bunch of rookies, and bunch of lower middle class talent.

  17. Ah yes, more filler about the media darlings Wilson and Prescott. General fans of football know they aren’t that great but the media keeps them on blast all day every day. You know, when a QB is great they’ll lead the league in at least a few stats every couple years. If you check out Brady’s stats on pro football reference he’s got 34 stats in bold where he led the league that year. Wilson and Prescott have 8 combined with over 2/3 the games played. In fact in this sense they’re statistically about as special as Ryan Fitzpatrick. But is anyone surprised? Bueller?

  18. It’s absolutely true. Russell Wilson never personally telephoned the Seattle front office and demanded a trade.

    His agent did.

    It’s called plausible deniability, people.

  19. Sure he didn’t… where there’s smoke there’s fire. Someone leaked it then after talking to someone if not Russell himself.

  20. lol!!

    Brady Primadonnaitis is all over the league! So glad my team is primadonna free!

  21. Semantics. He knew what he was doing. Does anybody think his agent just went rouge and pulled four teams out of thin air that his client might accept a trade to? That came from Wilson, just own it and move on. A “there’s friction in every relationship but we’re all on the same page now” type of answer would be much more believable than what he said.

  22. Trading for Jimmy Graham was idiotic. I like Pete and John but that was such a dumb trade. They have since recovered but the 1st rounder for a guy who’s long gone is a bruise on the guys making the decisions.

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