The Seattle Seahawks are heading toward missing the playoffs for only the second time with Russell Wilson. The Seahawks’ disappointing fate is setting up another offseason filled with speculation around Wilson’s future. Along those lines, the star quarterback may have taken another crystal clear step toward his departure from Seattle.
Seahawks fading out of playoff contention
Months before the 2021 season, the Seahawks became entrenched in chatter surrounding Wilson’s future.
The star quarterback’s strong remarks simmered for weeks, leading to reports concerning Wilson’s internal conflict with Pete Carroll regarding his bullish offensive approach. The outside noise diminished as the two sides worked toward getting on the same page.
The Seahawks falling out of the playoff picture has sparked uncertainty again, albeit largely with Wilson sidelined. The 33-year-old has remained par for the course with his public remarks regarding his future in Seattle.
However, the same cannot be said about his next contract that may signal his true intentions.
Russell Wilson takes another glaringly obvious step toward his imminent Seahawks departure
The Seahawks’ shortcomings have shifted more discussion toward Wilson’s long-term future.
He’s in the second year of his four-year, $140 million deal that runs through the 2023 campaign. Although Wilson secured through the next few seasons, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting that the star quarterback likely won’t ink another extension with Seattle.
“With just two years remaining on his contract, there is little to no chance of an extension looming for quarterback Russell Wilson,” La Canfora wrote. “And another contentious offseason is likely ahead for the future Hall of Fame passer and a Seahawks organization that may be primed for a rebuild.”
Given the franchise’s direction, it’s hard to imagine Wilson confidently committing to several more seasons. His next contract would begin in his age 36 campaign, further building the internal emphasis to maximize his remaining career.
The Seahawks have remained competitive, but the franchise looks headed toward a rebuild. That alone is concerning, given that the rest of the NFC West possesses playoff-caliber teams. It lends to the expectation that he will need to continue to significantly shoulder his Seahawks push toward the playoffs.
The eight-time Pro Bowler wouldn’t step down from that challenge, but the front office hasn’t shown it can build another Super Bowl contender. All those factors point to him becoming open to a change of scenery to realistically compete for championships.
Saints among several teams likely to pursue Russell Wilson
The trade rumor mill will gather traction as the Seahawks head toward missing the playoffs.
Seattle will become engulfed in speculation as Wilson’s desire for Super Bowl contention may lead him toward seriously considering playing elsewhere. Last offseason, his agent released a list of preferred landing spots that included the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders, and New Orleans Saints.
Outside of the Cowboys, these organizations could make a strong push to land Wilson. Many have already circled the Saints as the most likely landing spot due to their quarterback situation. Before Jameis Winston’s season-ending injury, he struggled to find consistency while Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian haven’t provided game-changing play.
It should be noted that New Orleans attempted to land Matthew Stafford before his trade to the Los Angeles Rams. If Wilson becomes available, expect the Saints to put all their chips on the table. Beyond that, other teams will certainly make a play to secure the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
All that sets up a potentially franchise-changing offseason ahead in Seattle.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.