My obligatory Seahawks – Russell Wilson trade rumor clickbait article

SANTA MONICA, CA - JULY 19: Ciara (L) and NFL player Russell Wilson attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports 2018 at Barker Hangar on July 19, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JULY 19: Ciara (L) and NFL player Russell Wilson attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports 2018 at Barker Hangar on July 19, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) /

I have to say, these rumors about Russell Wilson wanting to leave the Seahawks make me sick. I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!

Before I get into this, let me apologize to each of you reading this right now. All too often, things are said and articles are written simply to get a reaction. The latest two stories to come out about Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are prime examples of this. The term “stories” is accurate, as both of these pieces are pure fiction. I don’t want to write about this, but I just can’t take it.

The first rumor was from the noted blowhard Colin Cowherd, claiming that Wilson is angling to move to New York at the urging of his wife, Ciara. Lee Vowell addressed Cowherd’s idiocy quite well already, so I have little to add. I will say that some of the reaction I’ve seen on social media has been astounding for its utter lack of comprehension. One poor soul stated that Wilson would probably be anxious to go to a team where he could find greater success. And he specifically spoke about the Giants.

Giants, Jets, whichever, neither comes close to the success of the Seahawks when it comes to the postseason. The Gigantes have had one winning season in their last seven, and the J-E-T-S have been nearly as bad. They at least managed to mix in one 8-8 season with their sole winning campaign. To be blunt, the New York franchises have been hot garbage.

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Yes, Eli Manning looks like he’s near the end of his run. So, get someone else. The Giants have exactly two quality players, Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley. You can call them the best in the league if you want, I’m not knocking them one bit. I’m sure both would be much better with Wilson pulling the trigger, too. But the Seahawks aren’t exactly hurting for frontline offensive talent, either.

So Russell Wilson would go to New York to play with those two guys, and a cast of also-rans. The Giants defense ranked in the mid-twenties in both yards and points allowed over the last two seasons. I’m sure Wilson would love to be playing catch-up in every game. And of course, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to leave a coach like Pete Carroll for Pat Shurmur, a guy with a career record of 15-34?

Carroll only has 117 more wins than Shurmur. If you’re playing devil’s advocate and saying that Carroll’s been around forever, you’re about to be sad. Shurmur has had three full-time years as a coach, plus one interim game for the Eagles. In Carroll’s first three seasons his record was 25-23. Not exactly who he’d become, but still ten games better than the Giants coach.

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SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks heads off the field following the game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on November 15, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks beat the Packers 27-24. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Russell Wilson isn’t going anywhere

The Giants – whatever. Today Will Brinson wrote for CBS Sports that the Seahawks should be nervous about their future with Wilson. And no, I am not linking to his article. He bases this on the fact that the two parties haven’t had any discussion about his contract extension. Well, surprise, surprise, Mr. Brinson. That’s how Seattle does it.

Brinson frets that the Packers fell all over themselves to work a deal with Aaron Rodgers, and the Falcons cried themselves to sleep worrying about getting Matt Ryan signed. Good for them. The Seahawks know that the market for quarterbacks will continue to skyrocket, and so does Wilson. Why on earth would he sign a deal now, just to see another player like Jimmy Garoppolo get seriously overpaid and move past him?

Somehow the fact that the always brilliant Bob Condotta addressed this lunacy two days ago escaped the attention of the rumor-mongers. Add in that the Wilsons – meaning Russell and his talented wife Ciara – invested in a project just weeks ago to bring a baseball expansion team to Portland. Wilson also announced in the past few weeks he’s investing in a chain of fitness centers throughout the state – Washington, that is – with Alex Rodriguez.

We all know that as soon as someone decides to pull up stakes, they invest heavily in the area they’re about to leave, right?  Will there be some tough issues to sort out between the Seahawks and Wilson on his new contract? Of course. Again, refer to Bob Condotta’s piece for more on that. But any team would have those same issues.

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So yes, I’m mad as hell about the stupidity of these rumors, and no, I’m not going to take it anymore. The Oscars are Sunday night, after all, and the quote from Network fits perfectly. I feel your pain, Howard Beale. I truly do.