There were rumors, leaks, and accusations – but there was more behind-the-scenes drama before The Seahawks swapped Russell Wilson for the Broncos This is offseason.
In an extensive article on ESPN.com, the depth of tension between the two sides was revealed as they raced toward an NFL-changing divorce. Since 2017, the Seahawks have been looking for replacements for the superstar quarterback who made the franchise’s Super Bowl debut.
General Manager John Schneider attended Pro Day Patrick Mahomes in 2017 and Josh Allen in 2018, raising eyebrows at the time around the league. According to the report, the intention was to draft the Mahomes if he fell back to the end of the first round where Seattle had a pick.
“They were furious,” a source in the Seahawks front office told Camp Wilson’s website.
However, that did not slow down the Seahawks’ pursuit of the young quarterback. Seattle contacted the Browns, who received the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and gauged their interest in a deal involving Wilson. Al Brown passed by, but Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, learned of the inquiries.
The turbulent relationship between the midfielder and front desk did not prevent the two sides from agreeing to a four-year, $140 million extension in 2019, despite Rodgers’ insistence that a no-trade clause be added to the deal.
Despite appearing in the addon in 2019 and 2020, the problems persisted. Wilson was annoyed with the Seahawks’ reliance on running and wanted the team to lean toward the popular “Let Russ Cook” idea promoted on social media.
In the 2021 season, Wilson publicly complained about the offensive team struggle and – according to the report – Rodgers leaked to Adam Shifter that he would be willing to waive the no-trade clause for a deal to the Bears, Saints, Cowboys or Raiders. . Seahawks coach Pete Carroll appears to be the one who has kept both teams together, given his close relationship with Wilson.
But last season, the Seahawks front office became convinced Wilson, 33, was losing the mobility that allowed him to continue playing alive.
“It felt like a coming down player,” a source in the Seahawks front office told ESPN. “Will he be able to be a real pocket pass at the end of his career and just stand there and drop the ball at his checkpoints? He never did that. I can’t tell you he would be able to.”
The Seahawks received calls from the Giants, Commanders, Saints, and Broncos about Wilson, and eventually wanted to trade him for Denver because they wanted Drew Locke back in the deal. Locke then lost the competition to Jenno Smith that season.
Both sides will find out what life feels like apart from each other, starting with the first week of their Monday night game in Seattle.