Russell Wilson’s frustrations with the Seattle Seahawks simmered unusually earlier this month. But apparently his dismay is so great that his agents reached out to the team about at least four potential NFL trading targets. after The Athletic.
Wilson has just completed the first season of a four-year extension of $ 140 million that briefly made him the highest-paid player in the league based on average annual earnings before his pact was dwarfed by Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Wilson’s contract also includes a full no-trade clause, meaning the Seahawks, who drafted it in the third round in 2012, have nowhere to deal with without his consent.
Apparently, Wilson’s team has already identified the Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, and New York Jets as teams the seven-time pro bowler will want to join if the football waters off Puget Sound don’t calm down. ESPN later reportedvia Wilson’s agent that he prefers to stay with the Seahawks, but he would only consider getting distributed to the Saints, Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, or Chicago Bears.
Earlier this month, after Wilson was named the NFL’s prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year the night before Super Bowl 55, he broke off his typically sunny mood regarding Seattle. Wilson revealed he was “frustrated that I was being hit too badly” after being fired 394 times in his career.
“I want to be able to join in because at the end of the day it’s your legacy, it’s the legacy of your team, it’s the guys you can befriend and at the end of the day it’s the guys you have I have to trust, “he said after the Super Bowl to” The Dan Patrick Show “.
“I think if you ask people like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, you know, even Tom (Brady), you know, I think you’ve seen how much he was involved in the process this year – I think that is something that is important to me. “
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The 32-year-old Wilson has never lost a season with the Seahawks and has only missed the playoffs once in his nine seasons. He was part of the 2013 roster that gave Seattle its only Super Bowl title to date, but the ‘Hawks didn’t cross the divisional round as Wilson’s infamous interception cost the team a shot they had to repeat by playing the Super Bowl 49 won to end the 2014 campaign.
The Athletic also describes Wilson’s growing problems with longtime Seattle coach Pete Carroll and his general reluctance to let Wilson take control of the offense, ie, “boil the soot”.
Wilson seemed on track to win his first MVP award after a jaw-dropping start to the 2020 season. But he fought his way down the track and threw a pick-six in the wildcard loss of the NFC West champions to the Los Angeles Rams.
Wilson has never received a single MVP vote in his career.
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