Did the Seattle Seahawks ruin their relationship with Russell Wilson?
The Hawks are unwilling to trade Wilson, and opposing teams have apparently tried. You can’t really blame them, especially if the information leaked by CBS Sports’ Jason La Confora is deemed correct.
Per La Confora, “I’m hearing Russell Wilson’s camp has grown increasingly frustrated by the Seahawks inability to protect the 8 time Pro Bowler. He has been sacked 394 times in 9 seasons. This situation warrants serious monitoring.”
Considering the stats, it’s tough to blame him. Wilson’s stature as a top quarterback in the league won’t ever come into question, but he’s still among the shorter signal-callers in terms of height in the NFL. The more hits he takes, the more his longevity is impacted.
Would the Seahawks ever consider trading Russell Wilson?
Not yet, no. For the Seahawks to be forced into a similar position to the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson, Wilson would have to demand a trade. Given the Seahawks are still competing on a yearly basis, they’d have to screw up quite badly for him to go to those desperate means.
If this was leaked by Wilson’s camp, it’s most likely to send a message ahead of the NFL Draft and Free Agency. The Seahawks need to invest in offensive line help for Wilson should they want him to take this team to Super Bowl heights once again. The Legion of Boom is no more, meaning Wilson must lead, rather than falling back on a talented defense to make stops when it counts.
Seattle finally ‘Let Russ Cook’ last season. But simply placing Wilson in a position to throw the ball more often is not enough. Wilson needs time to make those throws to a talented receiving corps, which includes DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Adding help up front was in the Seahawks’ best interest far before Wilson reportedly became “unhappy” in Seattle.