Rumor: Seahawks listening on Russell Wilson trade inquiries
The Seattle Seahawks are seeing what other teams have to say when it comes to star quarterback Russell Wilson.
Dianna Russini of ESPN reports the Seahawks are not “shopping” Wilson, though they are indeed taking calls on the 32-year-old:
I was told the Seahawks are not “shopping” Russell Wilson but calls made from other teams inquiring have been answered. https://t.co/NjQAydY012
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 4, 2021
Russell Wilson’s situation is becoming incredibly difficult to pin down.
The seven-time Pro Bowler first set off these conversations by essentially going on a Super Bowl media tour, during which he often discussed his frustration with the team’s inability to protect him. Wilson was part of the hiring process for Shane Waldron, who replaces Brian Schottenheimer as the new offensive coordinator. Yet he still seemed very disgruntled.
However, Russell Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, later clarified his client had not demanded a trade. Rodgers added Wilson still preferred to work things out with the Seahawks, though he did provide a list of preferred destinations in the event of a trade: Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, Chicago Bears.
But Russini reporting Wilson is “not happy” in Seattle appears to suggest he is continuously angling towards a trade. There is nothing to suggest a trade is even close, but the Seahawks are at least being mindful of the current situation.
Wilson has reason to be upset at the number of hits he has taken. He has been sacked at least 41 teams in every year since 2013. He also took the fourth-most hits of any quarterback in football this past season. That said, some of those hits occasionally come as a result of Wilson’s willingness to buy time in the pocket and try to extend plays. Still, it might be true beefing up the offensive line should be a more concerted focus for the Seahawks.
There is no telling whether Russell Wilson will actually be playing elsewhere next year. But the Seahawks are not shutting the door on that notion.