Russell Wilson Trade Rumors: Seahawks QB 'Isn't Getting Traded' Despite Buzz

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2021

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

Russell Wilson may not be thrilled with the Seattle Seahawks at the moment, but that doesn't mean the organization will entertain trade offers for the superstar quarterback.

"Russell Wilson isn't getting traded," a source told NFL reporter Josina Anderson.

Surely a franchise quarterback like Wilson isn't going anywhere. But when did the buzz that he might be on the move begin?

On Feb. 7, NFL.com's Mike Garafolo, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported that "a couple of teams have called Seattle to inquire about Wilson's availability, but there's no chance the Seahawks are dealing their star quarterback."

Wilson said on the Dan Patrick Show that he wouldn't be surprised if teams called to inquire about him, but that he didn't know if he was available or not and that it was ultimately a question for the Seahawks:

Dan Patrick Show @dpshow

Russell Wilson on if he thinks teams have called the #Seahawks about trading for him: "Yeah I definitely believe that they've gotten calls for sure." https://t.co/LYA5JVxOvr

But Wilson also said in that interview that he would like more of a say in Seattle's roster construction.

"I think it helps to be involved more," he told Patrick (h/t PFT's Josh Alper). "I think that dialogue should happen more often."

And then there was a report that Wilson was unhappy with a lack of protection in the passing game:

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

I’m hearing 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 warrants serious monitoring.

Wilson confirmed as much, telling Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk and Sports Radio KJR he was "frustrated at getting hit too much."

He added:

"You never want to get hit. That's just, that's the reality of playing this position. Ask any quarterback who wants to play this game, and I think, at the same time, it's part of the job and everything else. I think that the reality is is that I've definitely been hit, been sacked, I don't know, almost 400 times. And so we've got to get better. I've got to find ways to get better, too. And so just continue to try to find that. But I think that as we continue to go along the process, and I think about my career and what I want to be able to do, I think it always starts up front—offensively, defensively. It always does."

Warren Sharp @SharpFootball

Russell Wilson is allowed to be unhappy since their last trip to the Super Bowl (in 2014)... ...no team has spent less on the offensive line than Seattle (#32) ...no team has re-signed fewer drafted O-linemen than Seattle (they haven't signed A SINGLE drafted OL to a 2nd deal) https://t.co/t5tYx9f1xq

Computer Cowboy @benbbaldwin

By pass block win rate, 10 of Russell Wilson's final 11 games had *worse* pass protection than Mahomes in the Super Bowl (67%). just. lol https://t.co/HU6RZ04tT4

It was an unusual and noteworthy level of candor from Wilson. As Peter King of Pro Football Talk put it, "I know Russell Wilson, who normally wouldn't say crap if he had a mouthful, and to hear these sideways jabs at how the team is run means to me he's unhappy."

A fair conclusion to draw. It's just as fair to assume that the Seahawks aren't about to trade a superstar like Wilson. If they don't address some of his concerns, however, this small offseason story may fester into a much larger one in the future.