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NFL Exec on Russell Wilson: 'Don't Get the Sense' Seahawks Are Sold Long Term on QB

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 12, 2021

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It may have been all hugs and laughs at Seattle Seahawks minicamp last month, but at least one NFL executive isn't sold on Russell Wilson's future with the franchise.

"There's something going on there," one high-ranking NFL official told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "I just don't get the sense they are sold on him long term."

Wilson's future with the Seahawks has been the source of speculation throughout the offseason. The Pro Bowler publicly called on the team to improve its offensive line, citing seasons of being battered in the pocket, and The Athletic ran an investigative story in February that detailed a power struggle between Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll.

According to the story, Wilson feels as if his voice is not heard enough when it comes to offensive decision-making. Where Carroll prefers an offensive system that emphasizes power running first, Wilson desires the opportunity to put up MVP-level numbers.

The Seahawks went about addressing some of Wilson's concerns this offseason, trading for guard Gabe Jackson. That move, along with some time removed from the season, appeared to heal whatever tension existed between Wilson and Carroll.

The quarterback went out of his way to embrace Carroll in front of reporters last month in minicamp.

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"I think, first of all, you know, obviously I love Seattle," Wilson said. "I've had a great career here so far. I've always wanted to play here for my whole career, obviously. I think there were 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. We all want to win it. I think, unfortunately, it got a little bit blown out of proportion."

The executive quoted by Fowler doesn't seem to buy the narrative. Wilson has only two years remaining on his contract after this season, and it's possible the Seahawks could shop him in hopes of landing a seismic haul of draft picks. Seattle could save itself from $77 million in cap hits in 2022 and 2023 while potentially reshaping the entire roster around a new franchise face.

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