If one report that surfaced Thursday morning — a lengthy story in The Athletic detailing Russell Wilson’s increasing frustrations with the Seahawks — only raised more questions, another at least answered a big one.
Well, momentarily anyway.
A few hours after The Athletic story broke, stating that Wilson’s side “has broached potential trade destinations with the Seahawks” came a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reported that Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers said Wilson has “not demanded’’ to be traded and has “told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle.’’
However, if a trade were to be considered, according to Schefter’s tweet and presumably from Rodgers, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears.
A little later, Schefter tweeted again, taking out the part that Wilson has not demanded a trade, but stating that 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.’’
A further report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN stated that Wilson does not expect to be traded and that Seattle “has not approached Wilson with any potential deals.’’
So has Wilson asked for a trade?
That remains unclear — Rodgers did not respond to a request for comment from The Seattle Times.
Wilson’s camp apparently naming teams he would be interested in if a trade were to be considered, though, is important as Wilson asked for, and got, a no-trade clause in his most recent contract with the Seahawks, signed in April 2019. He is reported to be one of only eight players in the league with such a clause.
That no-trade clause, which essentially gives Wilson veto power on any deal, and Wilson’s enormous contract continue to mean that a trade this offseason — no matter how much fire and smoke revolves around the topic of his future with the team — is probably more unlikely than likely.