Report: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson reignites trade speculation, wants to ‘explore his options’ this offseason

The Seahawks started the year slowly, going 2-3 as Wilson headed for surgery after sustaining a serious middle finger injury in a loss to the Rams in Week 5. He subsequently missed three games – the first time he hasn’t started since entering the league in 2012 – and the team went 1-2 in his absence with substitute Geno Smith at the helm. Wilson surprisingly made his comeback well ahead of schedule but, by his own admission, was less than 100%. Seattle went on a three-game losing streak when it returned to the starting lineup, effectively hammering the final nail in its coffin.

For only the third time in the Pete Carroll era — and the first since 2011 — the Seahawks finished the season below .500 with a 7-10 record. But given the team’s abundance of injuries, namely Wilson’s, and the ability to strike a successful attacking balance thanks to running back Rashaad Penny’s late-season breakout, there’s reason to set it back at least another year.

Wilson indicated he was on board with the idea during his penultimate press conference of the season.

“My goal is to win more Super Bowls and my plan is to win them here. It’s as simple as that,” Wilson said. “There really is nothing more than that.”

If this is heading for another months-long tussle between the two sides, the logistics of a business rapprochement don’t seem plausible. The Seahawks don’t seem motivated to move Wilson, who can control which teams he can be traded to thanks to the no-trade clause in his contract. In theory, if the teams he pre-approves are unable to offer Seattle a package that includes a satisfactory solution to his sudden opening at quarterback, Carroll and general manager John Schneider are unlikely to s. commit for a long time.

The desire to win is still driving Carroll and Schneider’s operation, and it’s hard to imagine they’ll be presented with a more enticing alternative to Wilson in order to stay competitive in 2022. Parting ways with their cornerstone, whatever comeback, would likely bring them back to a point where the Super Bowl is just too out of reach.

For Carroll, who is expected to turn 71 in September and could very well be coaching for his job, that’s just not an option.