Russell Wilson put the Seattle Seahawks on notice this offseason, publicly underlining his internal frustrations. Although Wilson‘s unhappiness sparked trade scenarios, the Seahawks never ventured that route. As training camp begins, Wilson sent a short message that will significantly ease the tension with the fan base.
Russell Wilson airs frustration with the Seahawks
Shortly after Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl 55 win, the attention quickly shifted to Wilson’s future in Seattle.
The 32-year-old aired out his internal frustrations to the media, capped off by an interview on The Dan Patrick Show where he voiced the desire for a more significant say in roster personnel decisions. It set the tone that Wilson may want to play elsewhere as the team’s continued offensive line struggles finally wore him down.
His agent ventured to the extent of listing the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders, and New Orleans Saints as desired landing spots if a trade became feasible. However, the Seahawks never considered moving the star quarterback.
As the 2021 season nears closer, Wilson voiced a short message that should dissipate the fan base’s concerns.
Russell Wilson’s 3 words calm the tension for Seahawks fans
Since Wilson publicly aired his frustrations, the storm of concern around the Seahawks progressively dissipated.
The star quarterback’s future with Seattle has become a backburner discussion, with the focus now solely directed toward the 2021 season. The eight-time Pro Bowler has fully embraced that approach as he recently made a hype post about participating in mandatory minicamp.
“About that time,” Wilson wrote on an Instagram story post.
It’s a short message, but one that lays out his mindset toward preparing for the 2021 season and nothing more. He expressed his frustrations and even publicly listed his potential desired landing spot if a trade became possible.
However, that scenario never became a realistic situation, which quickly shifted his actions toward controlling what he can handle. Wilson is ready to build off another productive season with the hopes of leading the Seahawks to a Super Bowl with essentially the same group of talent around him.
Time will tell if the Seahawks tinkered the roster this offseason to elevate the team toward the ultimate goal.
Seattle holds an all-or-nothing 2021 season ahead
As the 2021 season nears closer, Wilson has shifted his gears entirely toward prepping for another Super Bowl push.
The 32-year-old’s feelings regarding the situation likely remain unchanged, but he holds no desire to take the route Aaron Rodgers chose with the Green Bay Packers. Instead, he will let it play out on the field and likely revisit it next offseason if the Seahawks wind up with another early playoff exit or worse.
The Seahawks hold no interest in moving him, but his push to play elsewhere next offseason could become his only rationale. After the 2021 campaign, Wilson holds two more years under contract for $77 million. Meanwhile, his dead cap hit drops to $26 million in 2022 and only $13 million in 2023.
Although the Seahawks didn’t entertain a trade, Wilson’s public frustrations revealed he wants greater power. He wants to possess more say in roster personnel decisions like Brady quickly experienced with the Buccaneers.
Wilson’s resume speaks for itself as he’s the reason for Seattle becoming a playoff constant. Be it with the Seahawks or another franchise, he wants considerable say when constructing the roster around him.
The front office now knows where the star quarterback stands. It’s now on the Seahawks to provide the setting that keeps him committed for the long haul.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.