The Seahawks are bracing for another offseason filled with questions about the quarterback.
Russell Wilson is still under contract in Seattle, but for the second straight offseason, there are questions about whether he’ll return to the team. He expressed his discontent with his offensive line last offseason as rumors circulated of a tense meeting between him and Pete Carroll during the 2020 NFL season.
Wilson stayed with the team last year despite trade rumors, but can the Seahawks convince him to stay once again? That’s a question mark right now, why NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. It reports that the veteran quarterback “wants to explore his options to see what else might be in store for him” before committing to staying in Seattle.
Wilson hasn’t demanded a trade and it’s unclear if he will. But at least those close to Wilson say he wants to investigate other destinations to see if that would put him in a better position to win another championship and create the legacy he sees for himself.
The Seahawks missed the playoffs in 2021 after posting a 7-10 record and have only won one playoff game in the last five seasons. Of course, it’s worth noting that Wilson missed three weeks with a finger injury and was operating at less than 100 percent on several others due to illness, thus affecting the team.
Still, if Wilson doesn’t think he can contend for a title in Seattle again, he can try going elsewhere. He has a list of three teams he would consider being traded to after reports leaked about four potential suitors he would have considered last offseason.
That said, Wilson has also expressed a desire to stay in Seattle and compete for championships there, so he appears willing to stay, if the Seahawks can build a contender around him.
“We always thought he’d be here,” wilson said towards the end of hte year. “That’s always been my goal, to win multiple Super Bowls, and my plan is to be here and do it. You take every day and just enjoy the moment.”
The Seahawks also want to keep Wilson, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, but Seattle is short on draft capital and could use a Wilson trade to fuel a rebuild. Maybe they’ll become more receptive to a deal if they want to overhaul the roster and restart from scratch with their first new full-time starter since 2012. Or maybe Seattle will be forced by Wilson.
Either way, Wilson will be one of the best quarterbacks to watch in the trade market this offseason. Pending the status of Aaron Rodgers, Wilson could be the top quarterback in 2022, so there will be stiff competition for his services.