The rift between Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks could return next season after the team did not contend for a 2021 Super Bowl title.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler provided an update Friday on “Get Up” after Wilson refused to request an exchange from Seattle this season.
“There’s a feeling around the league that if Seattle isn’t at least in the cusp of a Super Bowl this year that this could become very ugly once again,” Fowler said. “Because there are two problems that happened a few months ago. Russell Wilson was frustrated because he thought his name was fluctuating in the rumors of the trade even a few years ago. And then this season, he had ideas for trying to get the Seahawks back in the Super Bowl. He wanted to introduce them to the team, call them, say, “Hey, what are we doing here, there?” It felt like he was facing resistance. “They did not hear. So there was a direct consternation.”
Fowler added that Wilson and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll have had productive conversations since the quarterback’s unhappiness was released. He also says Wilson participated in the hiring of offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and Seattle “tried to meet him halfway through” in terms of listening to his requests.
In February, Wilson said he was unhappy to be hit too hard and not to have enough input into staff decisions to build the list around him.
The 32-year-old has become the subject of commercial rumors, which he denied Thursday, saying he never asked for a move outside of Seattle. However, Wilson confirmed that he was willing to give up his free trade clause for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders or Chicago Bears if the situation does not improve.
Wilson added that he is ready to move on from first-season drama and is focusing on next season.
The seven-time Pro Bowler is under contract until 2023 and has had one of his best seasons in 2020, completing 68.8% of his career for 4,212 yards and 40 touchdowns against 13 interceptions.