Considering he possesses one of the most unique skill sets in the NFL, it seems like the 32-year-old should have more championship hardware at home. Yet, Wilson hasn’t even been back to the Super Bowl since Malcolm Butler saved the New England Patriots from suffering another heartbreaking defeat in the biggest game of the season.
The fact Seattle fell well short of its title quest in 2020 once again puts John Schneider and Pete Carroll in the spotlight. After all, the two have worked together to construct the roster to their liking for a decade. So if Wilson has an issue with the talent (or lack thereof) around him, he knows exactly who to blame.
With trade rumors swirling, the eight-time Pro Bowler just sent a scary message about his future with the Seahawks.
Seattle suffered another early playoff exit this season
Russell Wilson hasn’t missed a game since he entered the NFL as a third-round pick in 2012. With 98 regular-season wins under his belt, he’s clearly capable of winning on Sundays.
Yet, the future Hall of Famer has only appeared in two Super Bowls and hasn’t been back in the big game since the 2014 season.
Although the Seahawks have made the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, they have fallen well short of winning a title.
In 2018, they lost by two points to the Dallas Cowboys in the opening round of the postseason.
And just a month ago, Wilson’s team suffered another early playoff exit at the hands of the LA Rams. The star quarterback got sacked five times and posted an ugly line of 174 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Of course, the lack of adequate pass protection wasn’t anything new. Since he took over as Seattle’s starting quarterback almost a decade ago, it seems as if Wilson has spent most Sundays scrambling for his life. Schneider’s recent work as a general manager certainly hasn’t put the face of the franchise in the best position to succeed.
Russell Wilson sends a scary message about his future with the Seahawks
Picturing Russell Wilson in a different uniform represents a nightmare scenario for Seattle fans. After all, the team wouldn’t come close to competing for a playoff spot (let alone a Super Bowl title) without him.
Still, the idea of the Seahawks trading their most important player continues to get discussed. On Tuesday, Wilson appeared on The Dan Patrick Show to talk about a number of topics, including his future with the only NFL franchise he’s ever known.
“I definitely believe they’ve gotten calls, for sure,” he said of the Seahawks receiving calls from teams interested in acquiring him. “I think any time you’re a player that tries to produce every week and has done it consistently, I think people are gonna call, for sure. It’s part of the process.”
Patrick countered that Wilson is a franchise quarterback who will earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.
“You’re not available, are you?” the host asked.
The Seahawks QB responded with a scary message that certainly did little to quiet rumors about a possible exit from Seattle.
“I’m not sure if I’m available or not. That’s a Seahawks question,” Wilson said with a chuckle. “More than anything else, I think at the end of the day, you want to win. You play this game every day to wake up to win. You play this game to be the best in the world. You know what I hate? I hate sitting there and watching other guys play the game. There’s nothing worse.”
Which NFL team could make a legitimate offer for the star quarterback?
Reading between the lines, it certainly sounds like Russell Wilson has grown tired of consistently falling short in the playoffs. He just watched Brady make the leap from the AFC to the NFC and turn the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into Super Bowl champions in his first year with the team. The legendary quarterback also got Tampa to import some key weapons, including Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette, and Rob Gronkowski.
Clearly, though, the Seahawks haven’t taken Wilson’s personnel thoughts into consideration like the Bucs did with Brady.
So if the two sides do decide it’s time to move on, where could the superstar QB end up?
The New York Jets have the draft capital to entice Seattle to send Wilson all the way across the United States. Of course, a potential trade would hinge on whether the Seahawks believe Sam Darnold can be salvaged.
The Miami Dolphins could offer Tua Tagovailoa and draft picks in exchange for a proven star in Wilson. On paper, that transaction seems like a win-win for all parties involved.
Whether the Seahawks trade arguably the best player in franchise history remains to be seen.
But if this is just the beginning of the NFL offseason, we’re in for an exciting next few months.
All statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference.