Seahawks have essentially invited other teams to make an offer for Russell Wilson

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Nine years ago, then-Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman proclaimed at the Scouting Combine that the team had “no intent” to trade Percy Harvin. Within days, Harvin was gone.

Coincidentally, or not, Harvin was traded to Seattle. Coincidentally, or not, Seattle coach Pete Carroll used the same words when talking about the possibility of trading quarterback Russell Wilson.

Speaking at the Scouting Combine, Carroll told reporters as to Wilson, “We have no intention of making any move there.” If Wilson were untouchable, Carroll would have used broader language. By saying “no intention,” Carroll necessarily implied that intentions could change. That someone could make them an offer they wouldn’t refuse.

Obviously, Wilson could refuse it; he has a no-trade clause. But with the Seahawks surely realizing that they’re one year away from the next effort by Wilson to get a new contract (Wilson also pushes for a new deal with one year left on his current one), the Seahawks have to decide whether to move him now, or whether to kick the can.

Could they get more now? Probably. Next year, whoever trades for him would have to sign him to a new deal. A 2022 trade possibly would (or could) be accomplished without a long-term extension. The more a team has to pay the player as he walks through the door, the less the team will be inclined to give up in order to get him from his current team.

Wilson has done nothing to agitate for a trade in 2022. Last year, he spoke openly about his concerns with the team, and his agent eventually published an unprecedented statement that listed four teams to which Wilson would accept a trade — the Bears, Cowboys, Raiders, and Saints. The decks for those teams have been reshuffled since then, and Wilson may have a new list of franchises for which he’d waive the ability to veto a trade.

Still, none of it matters unless and until a team calls the Seahawks and makes an offer. Carroll’s use of the phrase “no intention” invites an interested team to try to change Seattle’s intention. Indeed, the Seahawks never said “no intention” in 2021; eventually, Carroll flat-out commented that Wilson “wasn’t getting traded.”

The difference is subtle, but significant. To best understand it, consider what the Bengals would say if someone asks whether they’ll trade quarterback Joe Burrow. No one from the team would say “we have no intention to trade him.” Instead, they’d laugh at the mere asking of the question.

Carroll didn’t laugh on Wednesday. The door is open to make an offer. With the right offer — from the right team — Wilson could indeed be on the move.

45 responses to “Seahawks have essentially invited other teams to make an offer for Russell Wilson

  1. Seems like just yesterday when the Seahawks fans thought they had a dynasty on their hands. Turns out they are just like every other team (not named the Patriots) over the last 25 years.

  2. I like Ron Rivera’s quote of “Does anybody really care what was traded for Matthew Stafford last year?”.

    This dude had 27 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 2021.

    C’mon teams, pony up!

  3. Trey Lance, whoever is Qbing the Seahawks dumpster fire and Kyler Murray. No wonder Sean McVay is feeling rejuvenated

  4. Duh, but it is going to cost a lot of draft picks and Russ will want $50 million a year new contract since he always has demanded to be the highest paid player when he signs his new contract…which pretty much hamstrings the new team from being Superbowl competitive just like he did to Seattle.

  5. It’s different because the Cap impact is significantly different than last off season. There was no possibility for it last season as the Cap increase stopped it. The hit this year is gone. Next year, the Cap savings gets even better. The trade value is highest this off season, before & at the draft. If an offer comes in, it needs to be significant for the front office to even consider. The offer needs to come from a team poised to win & with a huge market that Russell wants to play for. Thankfully, The chances of all that happening is low.

  6. Washington should be all over this.

    And likewise Wilson should have a strong interest in playing for Rivera.

  7. You’d think a number of teams would be interested in having Russell Wilson lead their teams.

  8. Your efforts to move this process up more than a year are getting old. You need to move on.

  9. I can’t believe the Seahawks have wasted Russell Wilsons career. 10 seasons of HOF quarterback play only gets you one Super Bowl championship. What a waste of talent.

  10. There’s no question that you need a true franchise QB to do anything of note in this league, but we’re slowly building up evidence that it also doesn’t guarantee anything if you have one.

    Brady led a variety of teams right to the top for many years. But apart from him, we’ve seen an accumulation of top QBs – Rodgers, Wilson, Brees, Roesthisberger, Ryan, etc. – who get there and then just sort of never quite get back there again, despite their skills remaining elite. Even Mahomes is pointing that way for the moment.

    These guys are clearly elite, clearly the best at what they do and among the elite of this past generation. But none of them have scaled the heights after their initial time at the top.

    Might this prompt teams to move on a little earlier in the future? Short-term gain (sell those luxury suites and season tickets) says no, team sustainability over time might say yes.

  11. I mean if the Bears offered a trade last year, that means the Seahawks were entertaining offers at the time and weren’t telling teams completely no. I get that you do diligence to every player on the roster, but if you’re not going to trade Wilson, why even bother “entertaining” offers?

  12. Everyones available at the right price and his price is falling

    He thinks he was the reason Seattle went on a two-year Super Bowl run. Me think it was the defense, Russ.

    He’s myopic and the poster child of the Dunning-Kruger Effect

  13. Definition of have no intention…

    If you say that you have no intention of doing something, you are emphasizing that you are not going to do it.

  14. No player in the NFL means more to their Team than Wilson to the Seahawks. Seattle has no Defense , no running game and no draft picks . Without Wilson they are at best a 4 to 5 win team .. they will NOT trade him PERIOD !!

  15. jcdough says:
    March 3, 2022 at 12:17 pm
    I like Ron Rivera’s quote of “Does anybody really care what was traded for Matthew Stafford last year?”.

    This dude had 27 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 2021.

    C’mon teams, pony up!

    Who are you trying to offload?

  16. I can see Miami trading for him but it’s the asking price that everyone needs to know.

  17. If your front office isn’t talented enough to build a team around a franchise QB then why would anyone be excited by the idea of trading that QB for a boatload of picks for the same front office to undoubtedly squander?

  18. So dumb IMO. So many teams run through 2-10(see Cleveland) QBs hoping to find a a’franchise QB to build around. He still has a ton of great football in him

  19. Denver and Pittsburgh make the most football sense, but I can’t see the Steelers giving a king ransom…the Broncos should. His wife wants a big market and the place that makes sense is Washington. As he is from the DMV area and with Rivera, he has a solid staff and pieces to work with. Washington needs try and make a trade.

  20. Who is going to give up Seattle’s asking price PLUS pay Wilson the crazy amount of money that he would be looking for? Say what you want about Brady…at least he is willing to work something out when it comes to his paychecks. Wilson will want a boatload of money.

  21. I know Russ is a diva, but are we really comparing him to one of the most toxic players in recent NFL history?

  22. It must be difficult to be a 2012 now, what with the clown show their franchise has become.

  23. Chuck n Duk Russel is the most overrated QB in the league, but he’s been the only thing propping up that franchise. They are a four win team without him. He’s not going anywhere.

  24. Comes a time when all of the hard bargaining and egotistical behavior that once won you hefty contracts now works against you. Perhaps that time is now for Wilson.

  25. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    March 3, 2022 at 12:55 pm
    I can’t believe the Seahawks have wasted Russell Wilsons career. 10 seasons of HOF quarterback play only gets you one Super Bowl championship. What a waste of talent.
    Couldn’t agree more. Carroll bungled up. He’s lucky to have even one SB championship. If not for under thrown pass by Kaepernick they wouldn’t have made. Not saying that the Seahawks weren’t good. They were the best that year.
    But that 3rd and goal call the next year – worst call in NFL history. Something like that could get someone fired.

  26. The Seahawks are not done being competitive & are not wanting to “move on & rebuild” as so many suggest. I’m one of those who want to see the team try to fix what needs fixing & get back after it. Rebuilding will start when the franchise QB is traded/moves on, retires or gets cut. Until then; keep moving forward to make the team as competitive as it can be.

  27. richardf954 says:
    March 3, 2022 at 1:19 pm
    “….Seattle has no Defense , no running game and no draft picks . Without Wilson they are at best a 4 to 5 win team .. they will NOT trade him PERIOD !!”


    That is a compelling argument for why they must.

  28. I mean the way he has played the last 2 years his value hasn’t been this low since he was drafted in the 3rd round

  29. Dolphins and Patriots too should at least kick the tires.
    When a team says (this guy) is our QB over and over again like the Dolphins are for Tua then they are really saying he is not. We see this all the time in the league. The Dolphins would be smart to trade for Wilson no matter the cost. They have some really nice weapons on offense that can work with him better than Tua can and instantly make them a threat in the division.

    As for the Patriots Jones had a nice rookie season and I like him. But he should not be untouchable if the right trade opportunity comes along. If the Patriots are treating him as untouchable then that’s a mistake. Jones MAY be a franchise QB at some point in the future. Wilson already is a franchise QB. You take the 33 year old sure thing over the maybe. The Patriots with Wilson are a much better football team than they are right now with Jones. So the Patriots would be smart to at least kick the tires on Wilson and see if a deal is possible.

    And the Patriots seem to be in no hurry to hire an OC to start working right away with a QB who just finished his rookie year… so I wonder if they are already preparing to move Jones for an established star if the price is right.

    Also remember Belichick has said before he does not want to coach into his 70s. I don’t think he was lying about that. So I think he wants to win a lot sooner than later and I don’t see him being content to just “set the table” for the next guy.

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