A very odd situation is unfolding between quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
It began with Wilson making some uncharacteristically vocal gripes about needing more offensive line support during a recent interview.
“I’m frustrated at getting hit too much,” Wilson said during a session with the media, per Pro Football Talk. “I’m frustrated with that. At the end of the day, man, you want to win, you know.
“You never want to get hit. That’s just, that’s the reality of playing this position,” he continued.
“Ask any quarterback who wants to play this game, and I think, at the same time, it’s part of the job and everything else. I think that the reality is is that I’ve definitely been hit, been sacked, I don’t know, almost 400 times. And so we’ve got to get better. I’ve got to find ways to get better, too. And so just continue to try to find that.
“But I think that as we continue to go along the process, and I think about my career and what I want to be able to do, I think it always starts up front — offensively, defensively. It always does. And I think ultimately I’m grateful for the time that I’ve been able to put in every day into the process, and I love this game. I came to play this game to win championships.”
Quite the departure from the fun anecdotes the media has gotten recently from Wilson about where he and his wife Ciara like to have sex.
This led to multiple reports about the Seahawks being dumbfounded and irritated with Wilson’s decision to take his offensive line issues public.
That then turned into a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, claiming that multiple teams had made overtures to Seattle regarding Wilson’s perceived availability.
“I’m hearing Russell Wilson’s camp has grown increasingly frustrated by the Seahawks inability to protect the 8 time Pro Bowler,” La Canfora wrote. “He has been sacked 394 times in 9 seasons. This situation warrants serious monitoring.”
That said, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Seattle is presently not accepting any deals.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 11, 2021
If that at any point changes, there seems to be one very legitimate suitor for Wilson’s services: the Washington Football Team.
According to La Canfora, “this Russell Wilson chatter is not lost on them I can assure you that.”
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— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
He didn’t stop there.
“And it’s more than chatter, there’s a thing brewing there,” he said on 106.7 The Fan’s BMitch & Finlay show this week.
“Not at Deshaun Watson levels yet, it may be amendable, there may be some way to keep that thing together but people are monitoring it and I can tell you Washington is doing that.”
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— Game 7 (@game7__) January 24, 2021
Two years ago, Wilson got an extension that paid him a then-NFL record $35 million annually. The assumption at the time was that he would finish his career in Seattle.
Now, it’s a little less clear whether that will in fact be the case.
Between Watson and Aaron Rodgers being named in a potential four-team trade, a possibly massive Odell Beckham Jr. deal brewing, J.J. Watt choosing between one of four contenders, and now this Wilson situation – it’s primed to be an exciting few months to be an NFL fan.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.