Throughout much of the offseason, the chatter around the Seattle Seahawks has centered on Russell Wilson‘s long-term future. Wilson has aired out his frustrations with the situation, creating lingering uncertainty around what lies ahead. The Seahawks’ latest addition may have provided insight into the star quarterback’s mindset concerning the matter.
Russell Wilson’s future with the Seahawks remains on shaky ground
Since Super Bowl 55, Russell Wilson’s future with the Seahawks has remained a prominent talking point.
Wilson aired out his frustrations with the offensive line situation while voicing his desire for more input on roster personnel decisions. The eight-time Pro Bowler hasn’t demanded a trade, but he did provide a list of teams he would welcome a move.
The last few weeks have seen the conversation cool down a bit, but his new teammate did provide some insight into his mindset at this point this offseason.
Russell Wilson’s new Seahawks teammate voices telling comments concerning him
Since Russell Wilson aired his frustrations with the Seahawks, the team has continued to maneuver toward providing their star quarterback more assets around him.
One of those moves saw that franchise acquire guard Gabe Jackson from the Las Vegas Raiders. The team also quickly inked him to a three-year, $22.5 million extension. In Jackson’s introductory press conference, he voiced his excitement toward his new opportunity to play with Russell Wilson. (H/T ESPN)
“He was excited,” Jackson said when asked about a conversation he’s had with Wilson since the trade. “I don’t know if he was as excited as me, but we’re excited to work together.”
Jackson’s comments provide some insight as it hints at what Wilson’s mind frame is at this point in the offseason. It’s unlikely that the 29-year-old will get a completely truthful answer from his new quarterback, but his presence does address a need.
Wilson previously pointed out his frustrations with the lack of reliable pass protection over the years. Jackson is a proven commodity that should only improve the situation along the offensive line next season.
Seahawks will likely stay pat with the situation
Over the last couple of months, the Seahawks have dealt with constant chatter around Russell Wilson’s availability.
Seattle has yet to engage in any serious trade talks with another team, but various details have emerged around the situation. Interested organizations have gleaned that it will take at least three first-round selections to get the ball rolling toward any trade.
However, the discussion hasn’t moved past that as the Seahawks remain significantly committed to Wilson as their quarterback. What may ultimately prevent Seattle from seriously considering that route this offseason is that the 32-year-old holds a $58 million dead cap for the 2021 season if he’s traded.
That number does drop significantly over the next two years as it falls to $26 million in 2022 and $13 million in 2023. What all that means is that the Seahawks have moved past the point of considering any possible trade.
Three of the teams Wilson outlined as potential desire landing spots in the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, and Dallas Cowboys have made decisions concerning their quarterback position. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Raiders chose to trade Gabe Jackson to the Seahawks and haven’t exactly budged off Derek Carr.
Wilson may not be entirely happy with the situation in Seattle, but his future appears tied to the franchise for at least another year.
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