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Russell Wilson’s surprisingly honest assessment of his frustrations with the Seahawks is, perhaps unsurprisingly, not sitting well with team management.
The star quarterback spoke earlier this week about not being sure whether he was available in a trade, not being happy with getting hit so much and wanting to be more involved in the franchise’s decision making. If Wilson was trying to send a message to the Seahawks, they apparently heard it.
“A source told me that the Seahawks’ management is not happy with Russell Wilson and his camp for taking this to the media,” Dan Patrick said on his radio show Wednesday. “You wonder if Russ and the Seahawks are going to be able to coexist. … Right now, the current situation is not sustainable. That’s what I was told.”
The 32-year-old Wilson is coming off a 12-4 season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to the Rams in which he was sacked five times. He is under contract through 2023 after signing a four-year, $140 million extension in 2019.
But Sunday, after CBS reported that multiple teams had expressed interest in seeing if the Seahawks quarterback might be available, Wilson watched Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl. Brady’s freedom and influence with the Buccaneers seemed to still be on Wilson’s mind two days later when he voiced his frustrations on “The Dan Patrick Show.”
“I want to be involved,” Wilson told Patrick on Tuesday. “At the end of the day, it’s your legacy, your team’s legacy. It’s the guys you get to go in the huddle with and trust. One of the reasons why Tom went to Tampa was because he could trust those guys and Bruce [Arians] would give him an opportunity … Any time you bring in free agents in you want the best players, ones who love the game … That dialogue is really important. It helps to be involved more. That dialogue should happen more often.”
Wilson also said he was “not sure if I’m available or not” when asked if he was on the trading block. In a separate interview, he later pointed to the amount of hits he’s taken — he’s been sacked 394 times in nine seasons — as another concern.
“I’m frustrated [about] getting hit too much,” Wilson told Seattle reporters with a laugh. “I’m frustrated with that part of it. At the end of the day, you want to win.”
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