The Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13. Changes are needed for Seattle this offseason and that might include Russell Wilson. Wilson is under contract through 2023 so any chance he leaves Seattle is because Seattle wants him to leave, not because Russell Wilson has the power to do so.
Wilson has missed the playoffs just once in his career. So far. Seattle is almost certainly going to miss the postseason this year. But missing the playoffs this year doesn’t truly mean that Seattle needs to tear down everything and that includes trading the best quarterback in franchise history who is still just 33 years old.
NFL quarterbacks now seem to play until their late 30s easily and into their 40s many times. The Seahawks giving up on Russell Wilson might be an overreaction. Has he not been good recently? Yes. But even if he has a season where he isn’t as great as we expect doesn’t mean Seattle needs to trade him for picks and therefore put the Seahawks future success into question.
Does a loss to 49ers in Week 13 cement the end of the Russell Wilson era with Seahawks?
But this is the NFL and it’s easy to turn each season into a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately? attitude. And our FanSided 49ers brethren, Niners Noise, literally asked this week, “49ers poised to end the Russell Wilson era?”
The question is really about putting the final touches on a season where Russell Wilson has not been good and the Seahawks need to ask if they are better off trading Wilson than taking a chance that he and the team as a whole rebound back to success in 2022?
But let’s be clear. Wilson’s future with Seattle isn’t going to be decided, win or lose, on what Seattle does in Week 13. Sorry, 49ers fans, but you are likely to face and lose to Russell Wilson in a Seattle uniform for several years to come. Wilson is 15-4 against San Fran in his career. He will probably get to 20 wins in a Seahawks uniform against the 49ers before he ever leaves Seattle.