After the disappointing Wild Card loss, the Seattle Seahawks have been featured in major offseason headlines.
At first, not too many thought Wilson would be joining the quarterback carousel that will be unfolding over the course of the next couple months.
But, it appears as if he may be.
Although he hasn’t officially requested a trade, Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, has informed Seattle of his preferred trade destinations.
Russell Wilson’s Preferred Trade Destinations Revealed
With a no trade clause in his contract, Russell Wilson essentially dictates his future if he were to be traded.
Earlier this morning, a report from The Athletic took the world by storm as it appeared as if Wilson was requesting a trade.
In the story, the drift that was rumored to be more and more apparent in Seattle was a struggle between Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll.
Seahawks beat reporter, Michael-Shawn Dugar goes on to report:
“Wilson’s marriage with the Seahawks has been a success by any measure: one Super Bowl win, two Super Bowl appearances, more wins than any team other than the Patriots. But their future together seems less certain than it should given those results.”
The piece further touches upon the power struggle in Seattle between Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll and how greed has led to this potential disconnect between the two.
It even goes on to name the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets as desirable destinations for the Super Bowl winning quarterback.
But, hours after the article was published, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Wilson has not yet requested a trade.
Russell Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle but, if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears, his agent Mark Rodgers said to ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2021
In fact — as seen in the tweet — Wilson prefers to remain a Seahawk, but listed the potential teams that he’d be open to going to.
Now, the overreaction on social media continued as each one of those four fanbases entertained photoshopped images of Wilson in their teams’ uniform.
But, just because his agent disclosed the four teams doesn’t mean a trade is imminent.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback took to social media himself, letting the world know all these rumors are, “All fuel.”
All fuel. pic.twitter.com/LvlXeOMpmJ
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 25, 2021
This story has certainly gotten interesting over the last 6 hours.
It should be interesting to see how it all plays out.
What the Seattle Seahawks Should Do With Russell Wilson
When Russell Wilson publicly voiced his frustration with the Seahawks, it was due to the inadequate protection he has dealt with during his tenure.
The answer for the Seahawks is quite obvious: fix the offensive line.
In Pro Football Focus’ final offensive link rankings, the Seattle Seahawks ranked 14th.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. Green Bay Packers
7. Indianapolis Colts @PFF_Linsey's final 2020 NFL offensive line rankings ⬇️
— PFF (@PFF) January 6, 2021
The highest they have ranked since drafting Russell Wilson.
Too often, the downfall of this Seahawks team come playoff team is the offense’s inability to remain consistent.
Since the start of 2019, Russell Wilson has been pressured* 357 times, the most of any QB over the last 2 seasons.
*pressures = hurries + hits + sacks
— ProFootballReference (@pfref) February 25, 2021
In three games alone this past season versus the Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks allowed 16 sacks.
In spite of all that, Wilson has still put up all time numbers and is the winningest quarterback in the NFL through his first nine seasons.
With a 69 year old coach in Pete Carroll, now is not the time to start a rebuild.
Coupled with that, Seattle doesn’t want to deal with a $40 million cap hit.
In what is expected to be a wild offseason that will feature many trades and buyouts, the Seahawks should be able to find adequate protection for the future Hall of Famer.