No one is sure if Aaron Rodgers will be a good fit for the Green Bay Packers this season, but another star quarterback who has been debated in off-season trade talks appears to be deep into his current squad, at least for now. Months after his agent identified preferred business destinations and several reports indicated he may wish to move out of Seattle, Russell Wilson re-enlisted in the Seahawks for 2021. That’s according to Illustrated sportsAlbert Breer, who reported on Monday that the QB “fully understands” his place and has regained confidence for this year after the team agreed to change their offensive philosophy, among other things.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently opened up about Wilson’s offseason trade rumors, downplaying the issue as “old news” and saying the speculation has helped the team “refocus” and “re-focus”. put on the same wavelength ”with his featured QB. According to Breer, the team did more than acknowledge the dissatisfaction Wilson reported in recent months.
“There were three … things (Wilson) wanted” at the start of the offseason, reports Breer: 1.) “A new offensive philosophy that would maximize him as a player,” 2.) “A true, top of lineup, ready-to-play addition to the offensive line ”and 3.)“ Communication on team leadership from Carroll and (GM) John Schneider. ”
Seattle quickly satisfied the first two demands, per Breer, by hiring former Rams assistant Shane Waldron as the new offensive coordinator; then trade for seven-year Raiders veteran Gabe Jackson up front. Wilson’s communication with the management team is ongoing, Breer reports, but heading into the 2021 season, the QB is “indeed in a better place”, at least for another year.
Breer speculates that Wilson is probably still “on his last contract with the Seahawks”; his current deal, signed in 2019, spans the 2023 campaign. Trade negotiations could very well resume after this season, he suggests, depending on how things go in Seattle. But any idea of Wilson playing elsewhere before seems to be far-fetched. For at least one more season, the perennial Pro Bowler seems to be settled and ready to play for one team: his own.