Sports Russell Wilson says he didn't request a trade from Seahawks

06:35  11 june  2021
06:35  11 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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"I didn ' t request a trade . Everything kind of started from there. Obviously, tons of teams were calling and I think that the reality was I didn ' t want to go anywhere else, I wanted to play in Seattle. But if I had to go somewhere, these are the teams I would go to or consider. At the end of the day I have a That made his assortment of answers insufficient for some participating in the call, and one question directly asked Wilson why he didn ' t just take it upon himself to end the rampant speculation by simply denying that there was an issue. Instead, Wilson remained mum as Seahawks leadership convened within

QB Russell Wilson has told the Seahawks that he wants to play in Seattle, but if a trade were considered, the only teams he 'd go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears, his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sources involved have maintained to ESPN that Seattle has not approached Wilson with a potential deal in place and a trade is unlikely. But other teams are noticing tension that has brewed for years, which The Athletic outlined in a report on Thursday. Multiple league execs believe Wilson will be made available at the right price either this offseason or next due to that tension.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made it clear Thursday that he did not ask for a trade this offseason, and insisted his relationship with coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider has been strengthened through a series of conversations after months of uncertainty.

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Wilson spoke for the first time since February, when a series of comments he made led to trade speculation and a growing furor surrounding his future in Seattle.

Wilson repeated numerous times that winning is the ultimate cure for any dissatisfaction and that any rifts with the franchise have been mended for now.

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“If you’re moving on from Russell Wilson , you better feel good about the guy you’re replacing him with,” Schefter said . “I don’t think the Seahawks , or many teams, are comfortable entirely, yet, with the quarterbacks in the draft. They love them, they’re excited about them. But are you ready to move on from a quarterback who will one day be in the Hall of Not today. The Bears didn ’ t want to wait, and they felt like the right move was to get Andy Dalton while they could. There were other teams pursuing him as well, so the Bears locked him up with a one-year, million deal. They basically moved on.”

“We’re on the same page. We’re here to do what we’re meant to do and that’s to win it at all,” Wilson said. “I’m excited. I’m excited about who we have, the guys we have, excited where we are. Coach Carroll and I’s relationship couldn’t be stronger on it. Like I said earlier, my focus is to win. Winning means everything to me.”

But clearly frustration had been building over the team's performance and that led to the offseason firestorm that started after Wilson watched Tom Brady win another Super Bowl title in February.

“When I’m sitting at the Super Bowl and watching the Super Bowl, I should be (angry), right?” Wilson said. “At the end of the day you shouldn’t be wanting to sit there and watch the game. You want to be there and play, especially when you’ve played in it twice.”

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If Wilson goes, who replaces him at quarterback? The Seahawks don’ t keep a highly-competent backup on the roster, surely due in part to the fact that Wilson never misses games. There’s also a vague notion that coach Pete Carroll’s “always compete” mantra doesn’ t apply to the QB1 position. Some have suggested that the Seahawks can trade Wilson only to a team that would be able to include in the compensation package the replacement for Wilson . That’s a bit confusing; it narrows the universe of potential destinations for Wilson , and it overlooks the fact that the Seahawks could

Russell Wilson has agreed to a new five-year contract with the Seahawks , and his agent says he didn ' t want to be anywhere else. Wilson 's agent Mark Rodgers told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times that staying in Seattle was important to Wilson . " Russell loves this town, this team and these fans and part of the [more].

Seattle won its only Super Bowl title eight years ago and it's been seven years since the Seahawks last won the NFC. The Seahawks haven’t advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs in any season since, and last year they were ousted in the wild-card round at home by division rival Los Angeles — the first home playoff loss of Wilson’s career.

Wilson’s previous comments came after questions about whether the Seahawks were doing enough to put a winning product around him. He specifically mentioned his offensive line and being tired of constantly getting hit.

The conjecture reached a boil when Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, commented to ESPN that Wilson had not requested a trade but listed the four teams — Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and New Orleans — for which he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause.

“There was a whole thing saying that I requested a trade and that’s just not true. I didn’t request a trade, so I think everything kind of started from there,” Wilson said. “And then, obviously, tons of teams were calling, and I think that the reality was that I didn’t really want to go anywhere else. I wanted to play in Seattle. But if I had to go somewhere these are the teams I would go to, or consider.”

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Russell Wilson has told the Seattle Seahawks what teams he would consider being traded to but would rather stay put. ESPN’s Adam Schefter poured some heat on to the fire Thursday by revealing the Seahawks ’ quarterback has shared the list of teams he would consider playing for if traded . That said , the quarterback prefers to stay where he is. The teams on the list are the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders and Chicago Bears, the quarterback’s agent told ESPN.

The comment by Wilson's agent was the final public declaration about the situation for nearly two months, which only allowed the uncertainty to fester. Carroll and Schneider finally spoke before the draft in April and tried to quash any lingering doubt about the relationship, saying the silence was by design.

Wilson said it was during those times that he was talking with the Seahawks' bosses.

“Sometimes things are family matters, and not everybody else is a part of it at the time,” Wilson said. “Because the reality is there was calls going around that I could have possibly been traded. I think the reality is that we had to have a lot of conversations, we had some great ones along the way, and it made our relationship stronger.”

While the relationship may be stronger — according to Wilson — Seattle could be in the same place a year from now with uncertainty surrounding its quarterback. Wilson's current contract runs through 2023, but it has salary cap hits of $37 million and $40 million the next two seasons.

The uncertainty clearly caught the attention of teammates. Bobby Wagner, drafted one round earlier than Wilson in 2012, said it was impossible to ignore.

“Every time it was on TV it was right there in your face,” Wagner said.

But, he added, there were plenty of conversations with Wilson to figure out what was fact and what was speculation.

“When you don’t go all the way and you don’t win, they start to build different stories,” Wagner said. “I mean I’m sitting here and I talk to Russell every day so I knew what was true, what wasn’t true. I wasn’t too concerned about it."


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