They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
After a report surfaced today regarding Russell Wilson’s future with the Seahawks, it appears there is smoke over Seattle.
A rift has developed between Wilson and the only NFL team he has ever known, according to a report in The Athletic. Citing “power and control” as factors, the star quarterback reportedly wants more influence on the team’s offensive attack.
Wilson wants to be considered one of the “all-time greats,” and in order to get there, he needs to be allowed to play a more wide-open style. He also needs more protection from his offensive line, something that he has spoken about publicly.
Head coach Pete Carroll, on the other hand, believes in a more conservative approach, focusing on limiting turnovers and running the ball.
Wilson “stormed out of the room,” according to The Athletic, following a discussion where his ideas were “dismissed.”
So is a trade in the works?
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Wilson’s agent said he hasn’t demanded a trade. He told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle, but if a trade were made, he would only want to go to the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, or Chicago Bears.
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
Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he controls his own destiny.
CBS’ Jason La Canfora also listed the Saints and Raiders as possible trade destinations but included the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets as potential landing spots as well.
After an outstanding 5-0 start to the 2020 season, things began going off the rails for Wilson and the Seahawks last season. They lost three of their next four games, with Wilson uncharacteristically turning the ball over more often.
Seattle got back on track after that slump, winning six of their next seven games, but Wilson was no longer part of the MVP discussion, as he threw for an average of 203 yards per game down the stretch.
The team made the postseason but were upset by the LA Rams in their first playoff game — a game where Wilson completed just 11 of 27 passes for 174 yards and a QB rating of 16.6.