Russell Wilson slams door on his concerns, for now

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Miserable over the fact that he has only one Super Bowl win during nine NFL seasons, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson vented to Dan Patrick in the days after the Super Bowl. Then, Wilson’s agent took the unprecedented step of explaining on the record that Wilson hasn’t asked to be traded, but that if he were traded he would waive his no-trade clause for the Raiders, Bears, Saints, and Cowboys.

The Bears reportedly made an offer. The Seahawks reportedly refused it. Time has passed. For Wilson, who has three years left under his current deal, his choices were to play for the Seahawks or play for no one.

And he’ll play for the Seahawks. This is his tenth chance to add to a legacy that currently has him tied with Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes with one championship each. Their legacies are even better than Wilson’s because they have won league MVP awards (Wilson still hasn’t gotten an MVP vote) and both were named Super Bowl MVP.

So Wilson did exactly what everyone expected him to do on Thursday when meeting with reporters. He downplayed the drama, said all the right things, and focused on a future with the Seahawks.

That future is now, and it consists of at least one more year in Seattle. The 2021 season will go a long way toward determining whether there will be a second or a third. Regardless, his decision to remain all in because he was unable to get all out means only that he’ll be the Seattle quarterback in 2021, and nothing more.

After he signed his most recent contract with the Seahawks, it was observed by someone connected to the relationship that Wilson won’t sign another contract with the Seahawks. If Wilson makes it two more seasons with the Seahawks, the negotiations on a new deal will commence. Wilson likely will want $50 million per year or more. If the Seahawks don’t want to pay it (and if someone else does), that’s when the trade will happen.

It could happen sooner than that. If the Seahawks once again fail to get past the divisional round (they haven’t played in the NFC Championship since 2014), Wilson may once again vent publicly. His agent may once again provide a list of the teams to which Wilson would accept a trade. The offseason may once again feature plenty of talk regarding whether someone will make the Seahawks an offer they won’t refuse.

Wilson knows that his interests won’t be served by continuing to wallow in his frustrations, like Aaron Rodgers is doing in Green Bay. Wilson wants to win, and he knows that his best chance of winning comes not from holding a grudge but forgetting about it, at least until January.

14 responses to “Russell Wilson slams door on his concerns, for now

  1. Saying his sack rate has to improve was a shot at his offensive line, his own play and the play calling by the offensive coordinator. The Seahawks listened and he now has a new Offensive Coordinator, aimed at helping the pass game as well as two new O-Line starters replacing for the lowest ranked players from previous season. If there is no improvement, moving on might be best for both sides. My guess; there is a great improvement & results will be realized.

  2. Wilson should be concerned about his lack of consistency more than anything else.

  3. With Pete soon to be 70 along with Jody Allen soon to have to decide if she still wants to own the Seahawks (and Trail Blazers) or not wouldn’t be surprised if Schneider blows it up and trades Wilson next year. When the Seahawks paid Wilson they remained good but no where near enough to compete for Superbowls and Pete’s run-all-the-time just doesn’t work anymore. The formula (besides getting Brady who will work half price) is to build a team around a rookie contract QB. New coach, new owner (Bezos) and many high draft picks to build a decent 3 to 4 year run.

  4. Yes but the crucial detail here is whether or not he said “GO HAWKS” when meeting with the media yesterday…

  5. Wilson sounded like a publicist yesterday.
    I’m not buying what he’s selling.

  6. The Seahawks have a new offensive coordinator, so Russell isn’t complaining anymore. I can’t say that I blame him one bit. The scheme was ok, but the play calling was horrendous. Always putting the team in second and long, and third and long. It was like 1970’s football. The league has changed so many rules to give every advantage to the passing game, and the Seahawks weren’t taking advantage of it. When you have an elite QB, throw the darn ball. Throw it early and throw it often. When you get a 24 point lead in the fourth quarter, then run the ball up the middle every down, and work on the clock. But don’t come out every week with a run up the middle game plan. It’s 2021.

  7. The man said one thing that wasn’t 100% positive in 10 years
    has never missed a game and is a true team player who cares about winning more than his stats. Has never held out or threatened to. like him or not he has earned respect.
    A lot more than the press gives him.

  8. Russ like AR knows the benefits of keeping quiet, letting the Talking Heads talk.
    Any PR not naming a felony against you is valuable PR.

  9. Mahomes will have multiple championships because Reid is good. McCarthy ruined Rodgers career. Same way Carroll has ruined Wilson’s career. Instead of having a dynasty Wilson will be stuck with one and will may/possibly be a hall of famer.

  10. bobhk says:
    June 11, 2021 at 8:32 pm
    Mahomes will have multiple championships because Reid is good. McCarthy ruined Rodgers career. Same way Carroll has ruined Wilson’s career. Instead of having a dynasty Wilson will be stuck with one and will may/possibly be a hall of famer.

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    Mahomes won one on his rookie deal, where he didn’t take up a lot of the cap.
    Wilson won one on his rookie deal, where he didn’t take up a lot of the cap.
    See the pattern here? The question is if KC can stay competing for Superbowls with Mahomes making $50M instead of $5M.

  11. Hawks fan and I still think that every year there’s a guy in the draft who’s capable of running their offense. We will see what happens going forward but I think money could be spent elsewhere. The franchise isn’t dependent on the qb. Never has been.

  12. bobthebob12 says:
    Mahomes won one on his rookie deal, where he didn’t take up a lot of the cap.
    Wilson won one on his rookie deal, where he didn’t take up a lot of the cap.
    See the pattern here? The question is if KC can stay competing for Superbowls with Mahomes making $50M instead of $5M.
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    This really is one of the tiredest tropes that is constantly repeated on this board. Two examples do not constitute a pattern.

    What about Tom Brady, whose team won last year with Brady soaking up more than $40 million of the cap? How does fit into the alleged pattern?

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