As the Seattle Seahawks enter the 2022 NFL offseason, they find themselves in a bit of a predicament. On one hand, they have one of the greatest quarterbacks of our generation, Russell Wilson, and would like to maximize his late-career Super Bowl window. On the other hand, the team is devoid of cap space and first-round picks due to the Jamal Adams trade and subsequent mega-extension. Wilson surely does not want to finish the twilight of his career in an eternal rut because the team is no good ala Matt Ryan with the Atlanta Falcons, so that raises the question of which team Wilson would accept a trade to. After all, he has a full no-trade clause in his contract that gives him the option to block any potential deal. NFL insider, Ian Rapoport, was on the Pat McAfee show on Friday and was asked about a potential Wilson trade happening this offseason:
“Russ wants to know his options. I’m not saying he’s definitely going to go, but he wants to look around and see,” Rapoport said. “If you’re Seattle, it’s the same problem they’ve had the last few years. Even if they get a great offer, who is actually going to be their quarterback and how quickly can they rebuild? Because Pete Carroll is going to be 71, and he doesn’t want it to be a full-year rebuild. I wouldn’t rule out a trade, but it has to be a no-brainer and they have to know the answer to the next question as well.” – Ian Rapoport
With Adams set to count $18 million against the 2022 salary cap and with $12 million in dead money tied to his release or trade, it is unlikely that any relief will be coming from that avenue. The Seahawks are also looking at upcoming contract extensions for D.K. Metcalf, Duane Brown, and Quandre Diggs. Naturally, the cap “hell’ and the lack of picks have turned the Seahawks from a contender to a rebuilder rather quickly. Whether that means a rebuild with Wilson or one without him, will be one of the biggest storylines of this offseason. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing situation.