Russell Wilson Trade Offers Were Never 'Actively Negotiated,' Seahawks GM Says

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2021

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Despite rumors about a potential Russell Wilson trade, talks never advanced far for the Seattle Seahawks.

"No, I never actively negotiated with anybody," general manager John Schneider told reporters Wednesday, per Danny Kelly of The Ringer.

Teams called but Schneider said he never entertained any offers. The GM said he expects Wilson to remain with the team "for a good while."

"The truth was, he wasn't getting traded," head coach Pete Carroll added.

The quarterback has spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the Seahawks and remains under contract through 2023.

There were still rumors about a potential trade this offseason after Wilson said in February he was "frustrated" about getting hit too much. The Athletic also reported on a divide between the quarterback and the coaching staff, with his suggestions being "dismissed."

Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, went as far as listing four teams the quarterback would prefer to join, although he clarified Wilson wasn't "demanding" a trade, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

It was likely enough to draw interest around the NFL since a seven-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl-winning quarterback rarely becomes available on the trade market.

Schneider's clarification showed there was little chance of Seattle actually making a move, but it was likely enough to get the team's attention going into 2021.