Russell Wilson looked like he was out of Seattle this offseason. Wilson was unhappy and rumors swelled. Did Seattle do enough to keep Wilson?
After being one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league yet again, the expectation was that Seattle would draft an offensive lineman this year. However, their first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft ended up being wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge. Eskridge is talented no doubt, but with only three picks, Seattle decided to wait till the very end to draft a new offensive tackle.
So, what is the situation with Russell Wilson now? Is he going to stay or did Seattle do nothing to fix what was broken? Only time will tell, but Wilson is definitely going to be donning a Seahawks uniform this year after no trade went down.
“The truth of the matter is he went on @dpshow & basically said we need more O-line help & then they went in the draft & took a wide receiver in the 2nd round so I don’t know where Russell Wilson’s at with the #Seahawks” ~ @PSchrags #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/ZtPY1CrCJN
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) May 17, 2021
Will Russell Wilson Stay With The Seattle Seahawks?
Wilson still has two more years left on his contract, meaning that if he doesn’t get traded, he’s here with Seattle till 2022. However, Seahawks fans should be cautiously optimistic that he returns in 2022.
Wilson was incredibly unhappy this offseason, and it will take a lot to win him over. However, he did show a willingness to return. He told multiple Seahawks players that he was here to stay.
More than that, he was also committed to winning in Seattle. He was looking to add talent to the Seahawks roster to retool for a deep run in this year’s playoffs.
Carlos Dunlap said that:
“He’s with us. He’s here to stay”
K.J. Wright also echoed this thought when he said that Wilson was going to be here for a long time. All of this is nice and amazing to hear, but there are concerns.
For one, the Seahawks didn’t do much in free agency. Being strapped for cash, they couldn’t be big spenders and it showed. Their biggest offseason additions were tight end Gerald Everett and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon. Again, no notable offensive lineman.
We’ve already talked about this, but the lack of options in the draft also hampered Seattle. They gave away many picks for players who they hope can contribute now to a winning cause like Jamal Adams, but at the same time, it also meant that they couldn’t take a top-tier offensive lineman.
So what’s the verdict on Wilson? For now, there is nothing conclusive to say he’s leaving or staying. All we know is what Seattle has done, and what Wilson’s attitude was earlier. If he remains frustrated, then Seattle will have no option but to trade him away. He’ll garner a monster offer for sure. It’s all on next offseason now.