The NFL rumor mill is going full blast on the annual Seahawks – Russell Wilson trading game. The Seahawks can trade Russ – with his permission, that is. But should they?
At the outset, let’s establish that Russell Wilson does not want to be traded from the Seahawks. I mean, he only stated that, clearly and unequivocally, twice this week.
As reported by Brandon Gustafson for 710sports.com, the Seahawks quarterback made his position crystal clear:
"“For me, I think what I’m really super passionate about obviously is my goal is to win more Super Bowls, and my plan is to win them here,” Wilson said. “It’s that simple. There’s nothing really else other than that.”"
Russell Wilson will retire with the Seahawks. Period. End statement.
I don’t know, 12s, that quote from Number 3, does that look like Russ is saying “I want out of Seattle” to you? When has Russell Wilson ever said he’d like to explore his options? Never. The closes he’s come to that statement was probably this quote from earlier in the week, also reported by Gustafson for 710sports.com:
"“I know you asked Bobby about ‘could this be your last game’ and all that. I know for me personally, I hope it’s not my last game (in Seattle), but at the same time I know it won’t be my last game in the NFL,” Wilson said. “So I’m just focused on today and getting better today. That’s my focus, that’s my goal. I love this city and love this moment and I love these guys, so we’ve just got to make sure we get better today. That’s the only thing that matters.”"
Wilson went on to clarify that he only made the comment in response to Bobby Wagner’s statement regarding his future with the Seahawks. As Wilson said, “you never know”. Yes, his agent Mark Rodgers gave the Seahawks a list of teams his client would accept as trade destinations. That’s his job since Wilson has a no-trade clause. If the Hawks even want to consider a trade, it certainly helps them to know who the potential trade partners would be.
Let’s see, is there any other reason that Wilson would stay, other than his own repeated statements? I mean, it’s not like he’s part-owner of the Seattle Sounders. Oh wait, he is. For a guy anxious to leave the Emerald City, he sure has a lot of ties here. Just two years ago, Russ and his wife Ciara created the fashion house, The House of LR&C. He and Ciara opened the Why Not You Academy as an extension of his Why Not You Foundation. And he does stay a little busy at Seattle Children’s hospital; he has done so ever since he was a rookie. Clearly, he’s a man desperate to leave the Seahawks.
As for the Seahawks wanting to move on from Wilson, what could they possibly get in return that’s nearly as valuable as DangeRuss#3? With the exception of Pat Mahomes, there is no young quarterback in the NFL with Russell Wilson’s proven ability. As I’m pretty sure Andy Reid isn’t stupid, that trade isn’t happening. Pete Carroll isn’t either, so he’s not trading for Baker Mayfield or Zach Wilson or whoever else the flavor of the month might be. Draft picks, no thanks. A number one pick could just as easily be Josh Rosen as Josh Allen. And no, I wouldn’t take Allen for Russ, either. Although at least he’s good, he’s still no Russell Wilson.