There were rumours, leaks, and allegations — but there was even more drama behind the scenes, before the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Broncos this offseason.
In a detailed excerpt on ESPN.com, the depth of tension between the two sides was exposed as they headed towards an NFL-changing divorce. As of 2017, the Seahawks were looking for a substitute for the star quarterback who gave the franchise its first Super Bowl.
General Manager John Schneider participated in Patrick Mahomes’ Pro Day in 2017 and Josh Allen in 2018, which raised eyebrows around the league at the time. Reportedly, Mahomes was intended to be drafted if he slipped at the end of the first round where Seattle was selected.
“They were very angry,” a Seahawks front-office source told the website of Wilson’s camp.
However, that didn’t slow the Seahawks’ search for a young quarterback. Seattle called the Browns, who had the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and gauged their interest on a deal involving Wilson. Brown passes away, but Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, finds out about the interrogation.
The uneasy relationship between the quarterback and the front office didn’t stop the sides from agreeing to a four-year, $140 million extension in 2019, though Rodgers insisted a no-trade clause be added to the deal.
Despite playing in the playoffs in 2019 and 2020, the issues persisted. Wilson was angered by the Seahawks’ reliance on the run game and wanted the team to lean into the popular “let rose cook” notion that was being pushed on social media.
In the 2021 season, Wilson publicly complained about the team’s offensive line struggles and – according to reports – Rodgers leaked to Adam Schefter that he would be looking for a deal for the Bears, Saints, Cowboys, or Raiders. Will be ready to waive the no-trade clause. , Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, given his close association with Wilson, seemed to be holding the sides together.
But last season, the Seahawks front office became convinced that Wilson, 33, was losing the dynamism that allowed him to keep the plays alive.
“I thought he was a descendant,” a Seahawks front-office source told ESPN. “Is he going to be able to be a true pocket passer at the end of his career and just stand there and drop the ball on his checkdown? He’s never done that. I can’t tell you he’ll be able to do that.” would be able.”
The Seahawks received calls from the Giants, Commanders, Saints and Broncos regarding Wilson, eventually wanting to trade him to Denver because they wanted quarterback Drew Locke back in the deal. Locke then lost the contest to Geno Smith this season.
Beginning with a Week 1 Monday Night matchup in Seattle, both sides will discover how life is different.