From “Go ‘Hawks” to “No’ Hawks”.
Wilson’s famous line he uses when closing talks could change in the coming months, with trade rumors surrounding the Seahawks passer since late February. What initially started as embers of public dissatisfaction has apparently turned into a wildfire in its own right, with the Seattle front office currently receiving calls for the 32-year-old.
Wilson was playing at MVP level in the first half of 2020 before returning to Earth in the second half of the season. The Seahawks’ offense went from high to relatively low, leading to the dismissal of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer; Wilson would have been unhappy with this decision.
While a trade this offseason still isn’t so likely given Wilson’s contract, that hasn’t stopped teams from calling and asking about his availability, with the Bears making Wilson their No.1 priority. this offseason. To make things more interesting, the Bears are one of the teams that Wilson would give the OK to a trade.
Wilson and the Seahawks have been at the forefront of the minds of Seawhawks fans and the back pages of Seattle newspapers since January. Here’s how it all breaks down:
Russell Wilson on the rumor trade
March 11: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Bears are ready to make a sponsorship offer for Wilson. The Bears are “desperate” about.
March 9: The Seahawks send a post-mortem letter to season ticket holders, as is customary among NFL teams. The letter, however, omits the name of Russell Wilson despite the mention of the record-breaking franchise offensive season they’ve had. The letter also mentions the Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf receptors.
8 March: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the idea that Wilson could be traded is “very real,” adding more to the idea that the passer could be treated in the months to come.
March 5: The Bears, one of the teams Wilson would be supposed to take a trade to, make trading for QB their # 1 priority this offseason. While there are cost and trade coin hurdles, the Bears are pushing the tokens for Wilson. In February, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Wilson “would gladly accept” a trade with the Bears.
March 4: ESPN’s Dianna Russini Says Teams Calling About Wilson – and Brass Seahawks picks up the phone. While the team doesn’t “buy” Wilson, according to Russini, they are at least listening to his availability.
March 4: NFL insider Dov Kleiman details the rift between the Seahawks and Wilson, and reports that Wilson’s inability to maintain his MVP-level game for an entire season is to the fore. The team don’t trust Wilson to be the “focal point” of the offense going forward.
February 25: The Athletic reports that Russell Wilson “stormed a meeting” before the Seahawks“Thursday night football game” against the Cardinals. Wilson had ideas on how to fix the Seahawks’ attack, but those ideas were rejected. The Seahawks would win 28-21.
February 25: While Russell Wilson has yet to officially request a trade, Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers has pushed the hive a bit further. Rodgers tweets that Wilson would accept a trade with one of the four teams: the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has not requested a trade, his agent Mark Rodgers told ESPN. Wilson told the Seahawks he wanted to play in Seattle but, if a trade was considered, the only teams he would go to were the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2021
February 23: As speculation about a Wilson trade heats up, NFL Network’s Michael Silver reports that the The Seahawks cut a price on Wilson, with the cost in a trade sitting at three showy first-round picks. Silver reports that up to a third of teams in the league have called to ask for Wilson’s availability.
February 11th: According to Dan Patrick, the Seahawks are disappointed with the way Russell Wilson is spreading his dirty laundry to the media:
“A source told me the Seahawks management were not happy with Russell Wilson and his camp for bringing this to the media,” Said Patrick. “You wonder if they are going to be able to coexist. … The current situation is not sustainable. I have been told.”
February 9: Former wide receiver Brandon Marshall talks about the situation with the Seahawks and Wilson, offering a little inside information. Marshall, who spent time with the Seahawks in 2018, says the Seahawks don’t “believe” in Wilson, and that Wilson is trying to find his way out of Seattle in a “classy” way.
February 9: Speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Wilson offers particularly candid comments about his role in the inner workings of the team, saying he is not involved in staff decisions and would like the be. Wilson also says he believes the Seahawks have received calls about his availability.
February 8: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Wilson’s camp is dissatisfied with the organization’s inability to build an offensive line around the quarterback. Wilson has been sacked 394 times since joining the league. As a foreshadowing, La Canfora reports that “the situation warrants serious surveillance”.
I hear Russell Wilson’s side has grown increasingly frustrated with the Seahawks’ inability to protect the 8-time Pro Bowler. He has been sacked 394 times in 9 seasons. This situation warrants serious surveillance.
– Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 9, 2021
January 12: The Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The Hawks’ top-flight offense stalled in the second half of the season, but they still finish in the top 10 in points scored (459 is a franchise record).
January 9: The Seahawks are running out of steam to end their season, losing to the Rams in a 30-20 NFL Super Wild Card weekend game.