Wednesday, October 20

Russell Wilson trade rumors: Seahawks answering QB calls; break with Pete Carroll at the forefront

The sound of Seattle is bleak.

According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Seahawks are not “buying” quarterback Russell Wilson, but the Seattle front office is taking calls about Wilson’s availability.

Russini’s report comes after a month of drama in the making between Wilson and the franchise. The genesis of the dispute between Wilson and the ‘Hawks dates back to the firing of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, with whom Wilson had a strong relationship.

Soon after, reports emerged that Wilson was disappointed with the team’s inability to build a quality offensive line for him, leading Wilson to become one of the league’s most-sacked quarterbacks since his rookie season in 2012.

NFL insider Dov Kleiman shared more about the growing gap between Wilson and the organization on Thursday, with Wilson seeing himself as “one of the top 5 quarterbacks of all time” and feeling that decisions Seattle’s staffing and schemes hold you back from your full potential.

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Kleiman describes the situation in Seattle as a “showdown between Russell and Pete” and that Wilson’s overall performance in 2020 after a good start has led to mistrust between the player and the organization.

While Wilson was viewed by some as a potential business asset for Seattle after the 2021 season, that timeline may be sped up with the recent drama, although Wilson’s contract could prove difficult to navigate. Seattle is reportedly disappointed in Wilson’s decision to air the organization’s dirty laundry in the media as well.

Some reports indicated that Wilson’s price could be as high as three first-round picks.

The Seahawks were eliminated in the wild-card round of the 2020 NFL playoffs by the Rams, and they do not have a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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