UPDATE: Wilson has not asked for a trade, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. But, if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears.
The Russell Wilson offseason news keeps on churning out of Seattle. This time from a report that Wilson’s camp has broached a possible trade, per The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar. To build up to that point from what has been a good relationship for ten seasons, came in 2020, as coach Pete Carroll pulled back the offense mid-season from “Let Russ cook” back to, run and protect the ball at all costs.
According to the report, Wilson’s frustration boiled over before their Thursday night game against the Cardinals, when he “stormed” out of a meeting after his ideas for fixing the offense were dismissed.
Wilson’s 2020 season started off blazing hot. In his first seven games, he put together a 71 percent completion rate and averaged over 307 yard passing and 3.7 touchdowns to .9 interceptions per game. But things started to turn south in Week 9 with back-to-back losses to the Bills and the Rams. Those losses pushed Carroll and company to take Russ out of the kitchen and that did not sit well with the quarterback.
At this point, there is little doubt that Wilson is not happy. His camp has thrown out four team names he’d be willing to go, including the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders.
It’s impossible to know the likelihood that Wilson will end up moving to a new team, but this appears to be a fundamental problem that can’t just be smoothed over with some extra cash. Wilson wants to be known as one of the best ever. He’s shown the ability to put up numbers and win games when the offense is opened up and going back to a run first offense doesn’t appear to be something he’s willing to do at this point in his career.