QB - SEA
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson remains with his current team after the Chicago Bears made "a very aggressive pursuit" for the star quarterback, only to be told that Seattle was not interested in the trade at this time.
Wilson has been rumored to be targeting four destinations, one of which included the Chicago Bears. Their aggressive pursuit of Wilson ended with the Seahawks expressing their lack of interest in engaging in further trade talks, which leaves the Las Vegas Raiders as one of the few rumored destinations left on Wilson's alleged wishlist. Continue monitoring the situation with Wilson in Seattle, as both teammates and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have reportedly grown disgruntled with his agent's statement dissing the lack of protection and rigid coaching style in years past.
Despite multiple teams checking in, it appears at this time the Seahawks have not been engaging in trade talks for star QB Russell Wilson.
The NFL's Ian Rapoport states that teams have been calling the Seahawks since the Super Bowl to check in on franchise QB Russell Wilson's availability. While GM John Schneider has "listened," it doesn't appear the Seahawks will act at this point. Wilson has expressed his frustration in recent months and stated he wants to be a part of personnel decision-making. It's hard to imagine Wilson's rift with the team being so great that he would force his way out of Seattle, but this is 2021, and what a player wants, a player gets. Should Wilson be traded, expect the compensation the Seahawks would receive to be astronomical.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bears have “prioritized” making a run at Seahawks star QB Russell Wilson.
“The Bears have prioritized making a run at Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson,” per Biggs. “His agent included the team on a list of four clubs Wilson would approve a trade to, although it hasn’t yet reached the point where he’s asked out.” The Cowboys, Saints and Raiders were also on the list. Russell Wilson is not actively being shopped, but the Seahawks are fielding calls for the franchise QB. It remains to be seen when or if Wilson will be traded, but the Bears will reportedly explore ways of trying to acquire him. Wilson had another excellent season in 2020, throwing for 4,212 yards and a 40:13 TD:INT ratio across 16 games. He added 513 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 83 attempts. Wilson is currently eighth among all QBs on the latest expert consensus draft rankings for 2021, but that number could rise or fall pending on where or if he’s traded. Stay tuned.
Per sources, the Seahawks are not actively “shopping” Russell Wilson; however, they’ve been willing to answer other teams’ calls inquiring about the franchise quarterback.
Earlier reports out of Seattle mentioned Wilson’s displeasure with the organization and that he would accept a trade to the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, or Bears. While the Seahawks have not made any trade proposals to date, it sounds like they’re at least picking up the phone when other teams call inquiring about the possibility of trading for Wilson. Stay tuned for more information coming out of Seattle, as these rumors continue to swirl as we head into free agency and the NFL Draft.
The Russell Wilson drama continues in Seattle. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that while the Seahawks' franchise quarterback has not formally requested a trade and would like to stay in Seattle, he would accept trades to the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, and Bears.
It's a fascinating development after all seemed to be well in Seattle for quite some time. Now, while it appears Wilson hopes to mend his relationship with the Seahawks, the fact that he would waive his no-trade clause for four destinations (including three with quarterbacks set to hit the open market) is certainly significant. Wilson, 32, has made the Pro Bowl in seven of his nine seasons. He is a talented and mobile player with the ability to alter an entire franchise. While nothing is imminent, the Wilson saga warrants monitoring as free agency approaches. No matter what happens, with Wilson and Deshaun Watson reportedly unhappy, the next few months could be quite entertaining.
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