The 2022 NFL offseason is kicking into full gear with the NFL Combine kicking off today. This means that NFL rumors are starting to swirl. One rumor includes a possible Russell Wilson trade from the Seahawks.
Pete Carroll Interview
In an interview at the combine on Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll shot down talks of trading Quarterback Russell Wilson.
Pete Carroll on trade calls for Russell Wilson: “We have no intention of making any move there, but the conversations, John [Schneider] has to field those. He always has.” pic.twitter.com/QlA1aBOm1p
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 2, 2022
In the interview, Carroll expressed that the team has no interest in trading Wilson. While acknowledging that taking calls on players is part of General Manager John Schneider’s job. Wilson has been one of the many quarterbacks expected to be in trade talks this offseason. Names like Aaron Rodgers, Jimmy Garoppolo and Deshaun Watson are among others that might have a new home in 2022.
Wilson is included in this list because there was speculation that he could want out of Seattle last offseason. There was even a reported list of teams that he would waive his no-trade clause to play for.
Russell 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 and Bears, his agent Mark Rodgers said to ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2021
This list of teams made it seem like a Wilson trade was real possibility. But, Wilson ended up never formally requesting a trade and played for the Seahawks in 2021. With the dominating headlines of Aaron Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay and Deshaun Watson requesting a trade, the talks of a Wilson trade cooled down.
Now, rumors are picking back up after the Seahawks suffered a disappointing 7-10 season. Carroll’s Wednesday interview seemingly put these rumors to bed, for now.
Wilson has only two years left on his contract. After a rocky offseason between the quarterback and the organization last year, there are no signs of an extension coming. Wilson could force the Seahawks’ hand and ask for a trade.
The State Of The Seahawks
Wilson’s run in Seattle this past decade has been nothing short of extraordinary. He brought the Seahawks their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Along with winning two NFC Championships and the NFC West four times. Under Wilson, they hadn’t had a losing season until 2021. He has the best winning percentage of any quarterback through their first nine seasons. While also having nine Pro Bowls to his name.
The Seahawks roster is weaker now than it has been in many years. But, the hardest thing for an NFL organization to do is find a franchise quarterback. The Seahawks already have a great quarterback on the roster in Wilson. The decision to trade Wilson would come if management decides to blow up the team and restart. With these comments from Carroll, it seems like the team doesn’t want to take any steps backward.
The Seahawks are telling the world that they are not shopping Russell Wilson. If a trade were to go down, Wilson would have to demand it, or a team would need to blow the Seahawks away with an offer.