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Russell Wilson Says He Never Requested Trade from Seahawks Despite Agent's Statement

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 10, 2021

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes during NFL football practice Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told reporters Thursday that he did not request a trade away from the team.

"Obviously, I love Seattle. I love playing here," Wilson said. "I've had a great career here so far. I've always wanted to play here for my full career, obviously. I think there was some unfortunate frustrations after the season. Obviously, you want to win it all and do it all and do everything you can. I think everybody on our team does. You want to win it, and I think, unfortunately, I think it got a little blown out of proportion a little bit."

Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic provided more insight and context regarding comments from Wilson, who was the subject of trade talk earlier this year.

Dugar, Michael-Shawn @MikeDugar

Russ is essentially saying he and his agent gave ESPN those 4 list of trade destinations to clear up confusion about whether he requested a trade. He did not request a trade. But, if Seattle was to move him, those were the 4 he'd waive the no-trade clause for.

In February, ESPN's Adam Schefter spoke with Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, who provided a list of four teams that Wilson would waive his no-trade clause for should the team want to move him.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Russell Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle but, if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears, his agent Mark Rodgers said to ESPN.

The Chicago Bears reportedly made a massive offer to the Seahawks for Wilson but were turned down, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on March 17:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @GMFB: The #Bears are signing QB Andy Dalton, but only after a clandestine meeting between #Bears GM Ryan Pace and #Seahawks GM John Schneider in Fargo, ND did not result in a trade for Russell Wilson -- despite Chicago's best efforts. pic.twitter.com/HEQlDNHtLS

Joe Rivera of Sporting News provided a complete breakdown of the saga between Wilson and the Seahawks this offseason, which included reported concerns that the quarterback had regarding his lack of protection up front as well as offensive issues the team encountered late in the season.

Regardless of any reported issues between Wilson and the Seahawks, the two sides appear to have moved on with their sights set on the 2021 campaign.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said as much to NFL Network's Rich Eisen on May 21:

Rich Eisen Show @RichEisenShow

Yes, we went THERE with #Seahawks HC @PeteCarroll and from the sound of it, the page has been turned in the Pacific Northwest:#NFL #Seahawks@DangeRussWilson pic.twitter.com/RqCcuWZB8o

The Seahawks finished with a 12-4 record and an NFC West title last year. They looked like Super Bowl contenders for part of the regular season thanks to an explosive offense featuring Wilson and star wideouts Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, which helped the team start 5-0.

However, the Seahawks then went 3-4 over their next seven games as the offense began to sputter. The regression continued through much of the end of the season, ending with a 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs.

Wilson was sacked five times in that game and threw for just 142 yards. He was excellent during the regular season, though, tossing 40 touchdown passes and completing 68.8 percent of his passes, both career-high marks.

The 2021 Seahawks' regular season will begin on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Indianapolis Colts.

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