Will He Or Won’t He? The Latest NFL Trade Rumors
One of the biggest NFL rumors in the offseason has been regarding the future of quarterback Russell Wilson. Every other team in the NFL was calling the Seattle Seahawks a few months ago, as there were whispers that Russell Wilson wanted to be traded after another disappointing season. The dual-threat gunslinger was reportedly furious with the organization for failing to protect him and failing to take on his ideas while altering the offense.
For the first time this week, the Seahawks quarterback addressed the media in Seattle about his rupture with the team, which appears to have been resolved. At least, that’s what Wilson and the Seahawks attempted to convey. This is something they must do. Wilson claimed he never wanted to be transferred and never made a trade demand, although he did admit to making a list of teams he’d like to play for. Wilson’s explanation for the list fell short, which further adds to the confusion.
“Tons of teams were calling,” Wilson told reporters, “and I believe the fact was that I didn’t really want to go anywhere else.” He had a unique way of expressing this. So, he claims, they disseminated information about the teams he’d like to play for—the Bears, Cowboys, Raiders, and Saints—as a result of stories and rumors. Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, admitted to giving ESPN’s Adam Schefter the information about the four teams but said it was done after claims appeared that he sought a trade following a report in The Athletic describing his grievances with the team. Wilson claims that he was never given a specific trade requirement.
The issue wasn’t with the news and rumors. Wilson was. In reality, putting out the list of four teams he’d join if dealt was a lesser step toward a genuine trade demand. It was his method of taking his chess game with Seattle management to the next level. It was a more ambiguous version of a request. There was no need to list four prospective destinations if Wilson had no intention of going anyplace, as he claims. It was utterly useless.
Wilson’s hazy answer makes it plain that he never wanted to go anyplace in the first place. He didn’t say it exactly like that; a demand can be made in a variety of ways.
The offence of the Seattle Seahawks, led by offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, is expected to be very good in 2021. In organized team activities on Thursday, quarterback Russell Wilson spoke with the media about Waldron and his devised scheme. Wilson stated of Waldron, “One thing I admire about him is that he really understands the game and all facets of it.” “We’ve spent a lot of time talking ball together. I’ve had some excellent chats with him, and I’ve had multiple chats with him along the process. And I have complete faith in him.” Wilson noted that the offense would keep some of its critical elements while also expanding on what has been seen in previous years.
Wilson attended North Carolina State University from 2008 to 2010, where he played football and baseball before transferring to Wisconsin. During the 2011 season, he was a member of the University of Wisconsin football team, when he set the single-season FBS passing efficiency record and led the team to a Big Ten title and the 2012 Rose Bowl. He also played minor league baseball as a second baseman with the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2010 and the Asheville Tourists in 2011. His professional baseball rights are currently controlled by the Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees’ Double-A affiliate.
The Seahawks selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft (75th overall). Wilson had a spectacular first season, tying Peyton Manning’s record for most throwing touchdowns by a rookie and winning the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award after knocking out Matt Flynn for the starting job during training camp. Wilson has been selected to eight Pro Bowls and has started in two Super Bowls, the most recent of which he won over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Through nine seasons, he has the most wins by an NFL quarterback and is one of only four quarterbacks in NFL history to have a career passer rating of over 100. Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million contract extension with the Seahawks in April 2019, making him the NFL’s highest-paid player at the moment. He became only the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for 30 touchdowns in four straight seasons in 2020. He is primarily considered as one of the finest dual-threat quarterbacks in NFL history throughout the league.
I believe Wilson doesn’t know what he wants. Perhaps he does want a new challenge, but he is too frightened to take that leap from what he knows. Maybe he wants one massive final payday. Either way, you have to feel this can’t be good for the team and team unity. Can he expect his blockers to cover him with them knowing he perhaps doesn’t want to be there? It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming months.