It seems the era of Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll has reached its final destination. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the rift between the two has been growing for quite some time and has now reached a point where one must go. Wilson has met with the Seahawks organization and expressed his desire to find success elsewhere. The former 2013 Super Bowl champion has taken issue with the sudden change of plan the Seahawks have taken without addressing his needs, a good offensive line.
Among Russell Wilson’s preferred trade destinations, the Dallas Cowboys are one of them. Willson would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to make any moves. It seems Wilson isn’t the only one noticing the growing rift between the front office and the 32-year-old quarterback. Many NFL execs are following the drama in Seattle closely, ready to jump at the opportunity to acquire the quarterback. It seems Seattle just isn’t ready to let him go.
The Seahawks, sources told ESPN, made it clear to suitors earlier this month that Wilson would not be dealt. Trading him before June 1 of this year would trigger $39 million in dead-money charges against Seattle’s 2021 salary cap. Wilson has three years left on the four-year, $140 million extension he signed in April 2019. That includes base salaries of $19 million, $19 million and $21 million.
It seems things came to a head last season. Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN that Wilson stormed out of a meeting with Seahawks coaches last season out of frustration that his suggestions for fixing the team’s sputtering offense were dismissed, as reported in The Athletic. A source told ESPN that was a “dark day,” with frustrations riding high after an ugly 44-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but the issue was resolved quickly.
Russell Wilson’s style of play clashes with the offense-run mind of Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. in order for Russell Wilson to be great, he needs to be given the reins to run the team. Wilson’s frustrations with the organization go beyond pass protection and his perceived lack of say in personnel decisions relative to other top quarterbacks — the two issues he recently cited in public interviews. Wilson also wants more of Seattle’s offense to go through him, as reported in The Athletic.
The Seahawks seemed to acknowledge the lack of pass protection for Russell Wilson with the hiring of new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. Both Wilson and the Seahawks organization played a role in the new hiring. Both parties hope to put the fires which started to grow within the team last season.