Season 1 of the latest Seattle Seahawks drama is over, and they’re hoping that there won’t be an extension.
It seems so long ago that all was not well due to Russell Wilson’s condescending comment about the Seahawks offensive line.
Following the team’s home loss to the Los Angeles Rams in last year’s Wild Card round, the long-time Seattle quarterback shared his frustrations about the protection he is getting.
This was a shocking break from the typical mild-mannered Wilson and the repercussions could be ugly.
The people who block for him upfront might lose the desire to protect him.
Worse, the issue can cause locker room division which can put their championship hopes to waste.
Pouncing on the fact that Wilson wanted a new scenario, other NFL teams tried to offer a trade package for the eight-time Pro Bowler.
Russell Wilson spotted in church praying for an offensive line 🙏 pic.twitter.com/PQs2Rx5BIz
— Boston Cream 🍩 (@itsbostoncream) August 3, 2021
The Chicago Bears’ offer made its rounds among news outfits because of its sheer audacity.
For Wilson alone, the Windy City franchise was willing to exchange three first-round draft choices, a third-rounder in the 2021 NFL Draft, and two starters.
On paper, it looked like the Bears would be giving away their future to solve the quarterback problem that has possessed them since Jim McMahon left.
But having the one-time Super Bowl champion as starting quarterback makes any team an immediate contender.
However, he won’t be switching jerseys anytime soon because the brewing tensions cooled down as months passed by.
Peaceful Preseason For The Seahawks
From being the loudest team in the offseason, boiling waters turned calm for the Seahawks during free agency.
It now looks like the conflict is under control and they are channeling their energy for the upcoming season.
The front office did heed Wilson’s cry by doing a handful of transactions with offensive linemen.
Seattle also took offensive tackle Stone Forsythe in the sixth round of the 2021 draft.
They even made a splash on defense by re-signing safety Jamal Adams for a four-year, $70 million extension.
— Jamal Adams (@Prez) August 21, 2021
Aside from those movements, there were no conflicts to speak of.
Wilson Is Yet To Play
Wilson is yet to play a single snap two games into the preseason.
With him absent from the action, the Seahawks are underperforming during these tune-up games.
Against the Las Vegas Raiders, those three quarterbacks combined for 134 yards in their 20-7 loss.
Smith did not play against the Denver Broncos, and the Seahawks only had 209 yards.
McGough also threw two interceptions in the 30-3 defeat.
Felt good to be back. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/s1kQ20cEFG
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 22, 2021
But the 12th man need not fret after these losses because the first-team sat out most of the time.
More importantly, the drama that defined the franchise early in the offseason is old news.
The Seahawks are ready to dominate once Wilson and the starters commence the regular season.
Their eyes are now on the prize and not on placing the blame on each other.