Rumors are expected to swirl around Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson all offseason. As of now, where do things stand?
Wilson would be an upgrade for most teams at quarterback, but the NC State and Wisconsin product claims he wants to remain in Seattle, despite some chatter that suggests otherwise.
Just last offseason Wilson gave a list of teams that he’d be willing to accept a trade to. While a deal never went through, in part because of the expected draft pick compensation that would go along with any trade, Wilson rumors are alive and well a year later.
Russell Wilson contract: Is a trade feasible?
Wilson is technically signed through the 2024 season, though he does have an out clause in his contract for after the 2022 campaign. Should Wilson choose, he could just wait a year to leave Seattle, but that’s another season of his prime.
The Seahawks would be wise to move Wilson now if they don’t think he wants to retire a member of their organization. This offseason is when they could get the most value for him — say three first-round draft picks — rather than losing him for nothing in 2022.
Russell Wilson trade rumors
Wilson has been linked to several teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles and even Pittsburgh Steelers, but the most recent link involves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now that Tom Brady has retired, the Buccaneers have a gaping hole at the quarterback position and no replacement in sight. Tampa Bay is interested in either Wilson or Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, though he has pending legal cases against him.
Russell Wilson wants to stay in Seattle
Wilson claims he wants to stay in Seattle long-term, rather than start over elsewhere.
“I’ve been fortunate to be able to play 10 amazing years in Seattle,” Wilson told Chris Russo on SiriusXM. “My hope and goal is to be back there and keep winning there. That’s the vision, that’s the goal. That’s always been it, never been anything different.”
Wilson went on to say he hopes to win at least three more Super Bowls in Seattle, referencing his current contract.
So, all in all that has to be taken as a good sign for the Seahawks. However, Wilson’s name is bound to be dropped a few more times before the offseason is over.