Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are heading for divorce, according to a detailed report from The Athletic on Thursday.
“Some people in the league think a trade could happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the near future,” according to The Athletic.
Wilson could get up to three first-round picks, according to various reports, with the 32-year-old having three years left on a four-year, $ 140 million deal he signed in April 2019.
Athletic reported that the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints have a level of interest in Wilson.
In a wide-ranging deep dive into the rift between Wilson and the Seahawks, the report focuses on a difference of opinion between Wilson and the organization about the design of the offense and personnel on the offensive line.
Wilson responded to reports of his frustration with the Seahawks after the Super Bowl, a game he attended as NFL Man of the Year Walter Payton as the guest of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Wilson told “The Dan Patrick Show” he was increasingly concerned about the nearly 400 sacks he has made in his career in nine seasons.
“That is something important that we have to fix. That has to be fixed,” Wilson said.
The Athletic report said that Wilson had been sending irritating text messages to Jake Heaps, a former teammate and private passing coach, during the game. It was a seething position for Wilson that spilled over during a meeting The Athletic said ended with Wilson walking out of the room before the Seahawks played Arizona on Thursday night in November 2020.
According to the report, Wilson gave the team a summary of his ideas for fixing the offense, but head coach Pete Carroll turned it down.
Within the new report, various sources are interviewed and the fault of those sources on both sides is assessed.
A comment attributed by former running back Robert Turbin, who was at Wilson’s wedding, indicated that the quarterback’s well-being is at the center of the problems.
“The reason we’re here is because he’s on his way to becoming the most-captured quarterback in NFL history,” Turbin told The Athletic.
But another source, pointing to a two-game stretch in which Wilson committed seven turnovers and Carroll cut the offense, sided with Seattle.
“He’s finally warming up. That’s the main reason for all this,” the source is quoted.
A coach from another team said: “It’s a great story. There is a lot. Money, greed, power and control.”