“I love Seattle, I love playing here.”
Russell Wilson finally met with the Seattle media for the first time since the Seahawks season ended in January. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, franchise QB of ________ NFL team talks to local media, who cares right? But if you don’t understand why everyone is talking about this press conference, you haven’t been paying attention.
Wilson had one of the most talked-about off-seasons in the entire NFL. First, there he was at the Super Bowl, sitting in a suite with his wife, Ciara, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Looks happy to be there hey?
Then, shortly after the Super Bowl, Wilson was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show voicing his frustrations. Frustrated with getting hit too much, frustrated because he wants a say in Seahawks personnel decisions. While talking about being hit too much he said we’ve got to get better, while also adding that HE needs to get better. Anyone who watches the Seahawks can agree, Wilson does deserve some blame for the hits he has received.
Following those comments, the trade winds started swirling. All of the sports media outlets were talking about the comments and what does it mean. Does Russell Wilson want out of Seattle? Are the Seahawks unhappy with their franchise QB for making his frustrations public? Well if they weren’t upset about those comments, they couldn’t have been happy when the list of 4 teams was then leaked to the media and shared by Adam Schefter on Twitter.
Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson has not demanded a trade, his agent Mark Rodgers told ESPN. Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle but, if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2021
This all brings me back to today and Wilson meeting with the media in Seattle, finally. He addressed all of this Thursday afternoon, after OTA’s, from the Seahawks practice facility. Regarding the Super Bowl photo, Wilson said that he should be pissed off watching the Super Bowl, he should be pissed off that he isn’t playing. On his frustrations about getting hit too much. Wilson repeated what he said in February, needing to do a better job himself. He then went on to praise his starting line by name, including mentioning that LT Duane Brown is one of his closest friends.
Most of his press conference questions, understandably, surrounded the trade rumors, people wanted answers if he requested a trade. Wilson made it very clear saying he did not request a trade and wanted to play his whole career here (Seattle). He did add that there were some frustrations after the season but the whole thing was a little bit blown out of proportion. The other question needing answered was in regards to the list of 4 teams that he’d, “accept a trade too.” Wilson clarified that list reiterating he wanted to play his whole career in Seattle but if the Seahawks felt they needed to make a move this is where he would consider going, Wilson did hold all the cards after all with his no-trade clause.
This could all still be heading towards a very bitter break-up between Wilson and the Seahawks. But at least for this season the Seahawks fans in the PNW and around the world only need to worry about one thing, Wilson’s going into this season with only one thing on his mind.
"I'm here to win and I'm here to win it all."
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) June 10, 2021