Russell Wilson has been one of the best NFL quarterbacks for nearly a decade. Despite being a third-round pick, Wilson has become a franchise QB for the Seattle Seahawks and has been one of the most valuable players in the league. However, could Wilson actually leave the Seahawks? One report claims that there is a chance that he could if the Seahawks don’t meet one of his demands.
Russell Wilson has been spectacular for the Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks selected Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. He became a star immediately too. Wilson earned a Pro Bowl selection in his rookie year as he threw for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
The 2013 season was then very special for Wilson and the Seahawks. He threw for 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in the regular season, earning another Pro Bowl selection. In the postseason, though, Wilson ultimately led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, where they defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8.
Wilson had another great year in 2014, throwing for 3,475 yards, 20 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, and he led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl again. Seattle, however, lost to the New England Patriots.
Seattle hasn’t been back to the Super Bowl since then, or even back to the NFC Championship Game, but Wilson has become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes in 2017, and last season he threw for 4,110 yards, 31 touchdowns, and only five interceptions.
For his career, Wilson has earned six Pro Bowl selections and has thrown for 30,056 yards, 231 touchdowns, and 68 interceptions. His passing touchdowns are ninth among active quarterbacks.
He had a great start to the 2020 NFL season
Wilson and the Seahawks got off to an excellent start in the 2020 season, as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 38-25.
Wilson was incredible in the game too. He went 31-of-35 through the air for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He ultimately completed passes to nine different receivers.
“We wanted to spread the ball around,” Wilson said, according to ESPN. “We wanted to get the ball to a lot of different guys. We wanted to be aggressive in our approach.”
The Seahawks’ offense ran through Wilson, and that might have actually been by design.
Russell Wilson reportedly wants more urgency from the Seahawks’ offense
According to NBC Sports, the Seahawks have elected to run the ball and control the clock over the years, rather than attack from the jump. However, in Week 1 this season, the Seahawks played more aggressively from the start of the game.
This change in philosophy reportedly came directly from Wilson.
“He wants greater urgency from the offense earlier in the games,” ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio said during Sunday Night Football, per NBC Sports. “He told me he’s made that clear to the team and we saw that manifest itself today.”
Florio did not stop there, though, as he said something else very intriguing that came from a source.
“If they don’t let [Russell Wilson] cook, it’s going to be time to start baking his farewell cake,” Florio said.
Woah, well that’s big. Could Wilson really leave the Seahawks if they don’t let him do his thing? Well, according to one source, it’s possible.
Of course, not all reports from sources prove to be accurate. Wilson’s contract with Seattle lasts through 2023, according to Spotrac. However, the Seahawks shouldn’t take any chances. Russell Wilson is their franchise quarterback and is the biggest reason that they win ball games. Let him cook.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference