Russell Wilson is poised to go through the season-long drama that casts doubt on his future in Seattle.
The Seahawks quarterback told reporters he did not request an exchange after the playoff exit in the first season.
“I didn’t ask for a trade,” Wilson told reporters repeatedly at a news conference Thursday. for the Tacoma News Tribune. “Obviously, I love Seattle. … I’ve always wanted to play here all my career.”
The statement does not correlate with Wilson’s agent’s statement ESPN in February he was willing to give up his free trade clause for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders or Chicago Bears. Technically he didn’t ask for a trade. Rather, he let Seattle know that he would be willing to play for other teams.
Wilson was asked about that report, and said there was a lot of confusion.
“I think there was a lot of confusion,” he said. “Everyone said I was asking for a trade. And that wasn’t true. So we made it clear that I wasn’t asking for a trade. There were teams that were flying around that I had to go to those teams, this and that.”
Wilson added that he wanted to play in Seattle, but if he had to go elsewhere, it was the teams he would play for.
While the Seahawks were never willing to replace Wilson, his frustration out of season was real. In February, he said he was unhappy to be too hit. Then there was a report that tensions between Wilson and Pete Carroll coaching staff prompted the quarterback to storm out of the room during a game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Now that both sides are moving forward, it looks like Wilson is ready for another season in Seattle. If things don’t go well in 2021, maybe we’ll finally ask for a trade.