Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Russell Wilson wants to explore his options to go with other teams. Wilson, per Rapoport’s report, wants to “put (himself) in a better position to win another championship and create the legacy he sees for himself.”
What Russell Wilson might not be seeing in the big picture, however, is how his legacy becomes a little more tarnished every time one of these kinds of reports is published. For a player who seemingly cares a lot about his own image (Russell Wilson surely curates a way to put himself in a positive light as best as possible with the events he goes to and how he is photographed), Wilson’s doesn’t seem to be aware of how many 12s will react to his being open to not playing for their favorite team anymore.
A lot of these reports and the speculation that follows probably can be blamed on Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers. Rodgers is an agent who works mostly with baseball players and thinks the NFL works the same way; A player wants out, maybe the team will trade him.
Report says Russell Wilson wants to explore his options to leave the Seahawks
The NFL doesn’t work like baseball and can’t. There are no minor leagues in the NFL so there are no known prospects working their way up to be on the big team. In other words, NFL teams can’t trade one of their best players for a bunch of prospects.
The NFL also has a hard salary cap and baseball doesn’t. This means some of the teams Russell Wilson reportedly might be open to being traded to may not be able to afford him. Rodgers doesn’t seem to understand this at times.
And while Russell Wilson does have a no-trade clause and the Seahawks can’t simply trade him to any team they wish, Seattle has what is basically a no-trade clause as well. Russell Wilson signed a contract to keep him in Seattle through. Bottom line is, Wilson isn’t going anywhere unless the Seahawks want him to.