Deshaun Watson has some competition for the most dramatic quarterback situation this offseason; It looks like things are a bit bleak in the Pacific Northwest. Tensions are rising between Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, and as a resident Deadspin Seahawks fan, it’s my job to try to explain this current situation while keeping my heart. mainly outside the. So here it goes.
First, the contract. Wilson is the third-highest-paid quarterback in the league (and all-time) with an average annual salary of $ 35 million. Until the Texans backed the Brinks truck for Watson at $ 39 million per year and the Chiefs essentially made Mahomes the governor of Missouri with the largest contract in the entire history of American sport ($ 450 million in 10 years), Wilson he was at the top of the rankings. list.
Here’s the difference: Mahomes and Watson are 26 years old. Wilson is 33.
So where did the rumors of trouble in paradise start? Jason La Canfora from CBS Sports (so take it with a grain of salt) posted on twitter that I was “hearing that Russell Wilson’s camp has grown increasingly frustrated by the Seahawks’ inability to protect the 8-time Pro Bowler. He has been sacked 394 times in 9 seasons. This situation deserves a follow-up ”. At first, this sounded like offseason smoke coming from a player’s agent trying to pressure an organization to make some changes. I didn’t really buy it. Then Tuesday at a Zoom press conference after winning the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award on Saturday, Wilson confirmed the La Canfora reports.
“It frustrates me that they hit me too much. I’m frustrated with that, ”Wilson said.
Wilson also appeared on Dan Patrick’s show, where he was asked if the Seahawks had received any calls about a possible trade for him. “Yeah, I definitely think they’ve gotten calls, sure,” Wilson said. “Yeah, but you’re a franchise quarterback, you’re a Hall of Fame quarterback. You’re not available, right? Patrick asked. “I’m not sure if I’m available or not, that’s a Seahawks question.” He went on to say, “I’m not sure how long I’ll play in Seattle, hopefully forever, but things change.”
The next day, Patrick reported that Seahawks bosses are not very happy with Wilson’s outspokenness this week. “A source told me that Seahawks management is not happy with Russell Wilson and his group for taking this to the media,” Patrick said. “You wonder if they will be able to coexist. The current situation is not sustainable. That’s what they told me. “
Wilson has every right to be frustrated. Since 2014, the last time the Seahawks were in the Super Bowl (ah, the good old days … remember when we were supposed to be the next dynasty, and then Pete Carroll screwed it all up by throwing at the goal line and losing the Locker Room? Fun Times), no team has spent less on its offensive line than Seattle, and no team has rehired fewer offensive linemen drafted than Seattle. They haven’t signed a single offensive lineman for a second contract. Not one. To be fair, he also wouldn’t sign the junk players that general manager John Schneider has been drafting ever since.
So where are things? Wilson has an absurdly high contract and is 33 years old, Schneider inexplicably received a six-year contract extension (after I specifically asked the Seahawks not to), the Seahawks are expected to only have about $ 2 million in cap space heading into the 2021 season, only have three draft picks this year, do not have a first round for the next two drafts (which I assume will never mind because Schneider can’t hit a first-round pick for his life), and he has aging stars in their impact positions. Oh, and Wilson is frustrated with them, and they are frustrated with him.
This is good. This is totally fine.
It would be almost unprecedented for a team to trade to a franchise quarterback with a Hall of Fame résumé, but the Seahawks are running out of options. Schneider’s new contract guarantees you the freedom to rebuild this equipment without worrying about your job safety. The only question the Seahawks need to ask themselves is whether they agree to accept mediocrity until Wilson goes to free agency in three years, or whether they want to get something for him now and hit the reset button. And on that note, my stomach hurts, and it’s time for some Pepto Bismol and a therapy session.