From ‘Go ‘Hawks’ to ‘No’ Hawks?
While Russell Wilson is currently being sidelined temporarily while he recovers from a finger injury, his future with the Seahawks after 2021 may actually be in doubt at best.
Off-season drama and rumors surrounded bitterness and the team, with both sides eventually deciding to give it back at least one more time in 2021. While the team didn’t quite reach the heights they had when they won Super Bowl 48, with Wilson under center, they were perennial contenders Often.
But, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and when the Seahawks and Steelers tie Sunday night, Wilson may be staring at a future suitor, if recent reports are to be believed.
Will Russell Wilson be at the Seahawks in 2022?
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that Wilson will be asking for a “million percent” deal again this season, in preparation for his exit from Seattle, well, whoever it takes.
“Now, of course, they’ve put it together again. Everything’s great now with Pete Carroll,” Glazer mentioned. “It was part of the interview process for Shane Waldron, his offensive coordinator. So, now everything is fine. But off-season, can I see Russell doing it again? Million per cent. I see Russell trying to do it again.”
Wilson is sure to have a few suitors, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are likely to advance without Ben Roethlisberger in 2022.
Ahead of the start of the 2021 season, Wilson’s agent said there were four teams Wilson would be willing to trade in: The Bears, Saints, Raiders and Cowboys. With the Bears turning to Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft and Dak Prescott firmly entrenched as the starting Cowboys, Saints and Raiders could remain as viable options.
The Saints are currently on the James Winston rollercoaster during the 2021 season, while a change of guard in Las Vegas could leave the door open for a new mar to replace current rookie Derek Carr.
Wilson is still under contract until the 2023 season, but if he is hired in a post-June 1 deal next year, he will save the Seahawks $24 million off the cap, while they would incur a $13 million fine.
For a team closer to rebuilding than feuding, Wilson makes a viable commercial chip if they continue to falter in 2021.
Russell Wilson’s Business Rumors
The drama between the Wilson and the Seahawks began on Super Bowl 55. Here is the full timeline of the drama between the two sides:
October 8: Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer says he thinks Wilson can “a million percent” Ask to trade in this out of season, and that the drama between the two sides was in fact real and “suspicious”.
June 15: Wilson disrupts a press conference for Betty Carroll and mocks the media: “I just want to tell everyone, we’re still friends,” Wilson says.
June 10: Summer is fairly quiet, and Wilson says he’s never asked a trade from Seahawks, According to Pro Football Talk. Wilson says he will win it, and he had great discussions with both Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider after the season.
April 29: The NFL Draft comes and goes, and Wilson is still a member of the Seahawks. Seattle, who didn’t get a first-round pick (the Jets had the pick in the Jamal Adams trade), only makes three picks, and uses one on offensive hookman Stone Forsyth in the sixth round.
March 20: You might give in to Wilson’s desire to find a new offensive line, the Seahawks
March 17: Dan Patrick reports that the Bears put in a massive offer for Wilson, willing to give up three first-round picks and more for the trail. The decision is up to coach Pete Carroll, who decides to pass.
March 11: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Bears are ready to make the show for Wilson’s Godfather. Bears are “desperate” in the report.
March 9: The Seahawks send a posthumous letter to season ticket holders, as is customary among NFL teams. Despite this, the letter omitted Russell Wilson’s name despite referring to the franchise’s offensive season that he scored. The letter refers to the Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf wide receivers as well.
March 8: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the idea of Wilson’s trading is “very real,” adding more to the idea that passersby could be dealt with in the coming months.
March 5: The Bears, one of the teams Wilson presumably agrees with, are making trading for QB his #1 priority in this off-season. While there are hurdles in terms of cost and commercial parts, the bears are pushing the chips over to Wilson. In February, ESPN’s Adam Schefter stated that Wilson would “happily accept” a deal with the Bears.
March 4th: ESPN’s Diana Rossini says teams are calling about Wilson – and the Brass Seahawks pick up the phone. While the team isn’t “shopping” for Wilson, Rossini says, they’re, at least, listening for his availability.
March 4th: NFL insider Dove Kleiman explains the feud between the Seahawks and Wilson, and states that Wilson’s inability to maintain his MVP-level playing for an entire season is on top. The team has no confidence that Wilson will be the “focal point” going forward in attack.
February 25: The Athletic reported that Russell Wilson “Withdrawn from a meeting” by the SeahawksThursday Night Football match against the Cardinals. Wilson had ideas about how to fix the Seahawks’ offense, but those ideas were rejected. The Seahawks will win 28-21.
February 25: While Russell Wilson still hadn’t officially requested the trade, Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, poked the beehive a bit more. Rodgers tweeted that Wilson would accept a deal for one of the four teams: Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears.
His agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN that QB Russell Wilson of the Seahawks has not claimed any deal. Wilson told the Seahawks he wanted to play in Seattle, but if a deal is considered, the only teams he’ll go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2021
February 23: With speculation of Wilson’s trade heating up, NFL Network’s Michael Silver reports that the Seahawks have cut a price for Wilson, with the deal costing in three flashy first-round picks. Silver reports that as many as a third of teams in the league have called for Wilson’s availability.
February 11: According to Dan Patrick, the Seahawks are disappointed with the way Russell Wilson airs his dirty laundry in the media:
“A source has told me that the Seahawks management is unhappy with Russell Wilson and his camp for taking this matter to the media,” Patrick said. “You wonder if they will be able to coexist…the current situation is unsustainable. That’s what I’ve been told.”
February 9: Former wide receiver Brandon Marshall talks about the situation with the Seahawks and Wilson, and offers a little inside information. Marshall, who spent time with the Seahawks in 2018, says the Seahawks don’t “believe” in Wilson, and that Wilson is trying to find his way out of Seattle in a “chic” way.
February 9: Speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Wilson makes some particularly candid comments about his role in the team’s inner workings, saying he is not involved in staff decisions and would like to be. Wilson also says he believes the Seahawks have had calls regarding its availability.
February 8: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Wilson camp is unhappy with the organization’s inability to build an offensive line around the middle. Wilson has been sacked 394 times since entering the league. In part of the warning, La Canfora stated that “the situation warrants serious monitoring”.
I hear Russell Wilson’s camp is becoming increasingly frustrated with the Seahawks’ inability to protect their 8 time Pro Bowler. He was sacked 394 times in 9 seasons. This situation requires serious monitoring.
– Jason LaCanfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 9, 2021
January 12: Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The Falcons’ attack at high altitude stalled in the second half of the season, but they still held the top ten in points (459 is a franchise record).
January 9: The Seahawks fail to end their season, losing to the Rams in a 30-20 NFL Super Wild Card game over the weekend.