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Russell Wilson trade rumors: A timeline of the power struggle between Seahawks, disgruntled QB

From “Go ‘Hawks” to “No ‘Hawks.”

Wilson’s famed line he uses when closing interviews may be changing in the coming months, with trade rumors surrounding the Seahawks passer since the turn of February. What initially started as some embers of public dissatisfaction has seemingly grown to full-fledged wild fire, with Seattle’s front office currently fielding calls for the 32-year-old. 

Wilson was playing to an MVP level in the first half of 2020 before coming back down to Earth in the second half of the season. The Seahawks offense went from high-flying to relatively grounded, leading to the firing of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer; Wilson was displeased with the move, reportedly.

While a trade this offseason still might not be all that likely given Wilson’s contract, that hasn’t stopped teams from calling and asking about his availability, with the Bears reportedly making Wilson their No. 1 priority this offseason. To make matters more interesting, the Bears are one of the teams Wilson would give the OK on a trade to.

Wilson and the Seahawks have been on the forefront of Seawhawks fans’ minds and the backpages of Seattle newspapers since January. Here’s how it all breaks down:

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Russell Wilson trade rumors

March 9: The Seahawks send out a post-mortem letter to season ticket holders, as is customary among NFL teams. The letter, though, omits Russell Wilson’s name despite mentioning the franchise record-setting offensive season they had. The letter mentions wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, too. 

March 8: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the idea that Wilson could be traded is “very real,” adding more to the idea that the passer could be dealt in the coming months.

March 5: The Bears, one of the teams Wilson would supposedly OK a trade to, are making trading for the QB their No. 1 priority this offseason. While there are hurdles of cost and trade pieces, the Bears are pushing the chips in for Wilson. In February, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Wilson would “happily accept” a trade to the Bears.

March 4: ESPN’s Dianna Russini says that teams are calling regarding Wilson — and Seahawks brass is picking up the phone. While the team isn’t “shopping” Wilson, per Russini, they are, at least, listening on his availability.

March 4: NFL insider Dov Kleiman details the rift between the Seahawks and Wilson, and reports that Wilson’s inability to sustain his MVP-level play for an entire season is at the forefront. The team doesn’t trust Wilson to be the “focal point” of the offense moving forward.

Feb. 25: The Athletic reports that Russell Wilson “stormed out of a meeting” prior to the Seahawks‘ “Thursday Night Football” matchup vs. the Cardinals. Wilson had ideas on how to fix the Seahawks’ offense, but those ideas were dismissed. The Seahawks would win 28-21. 

Feb. 25: While Russell Wilson still hasn’t formally requested a trade, Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers poked the beehive a bit more. Rodgers tweets that Wilson would accept a trade to one of four teams: the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears.

Feb. 23: With speculation of a Wilson trade heating up, NFL Network’s Michael Silver reports that the Seahawks have clipped a pricetag to Wilson, with the cost in a trade sitting at a gaudy three first-round picks. Silver reports that as many as a third of the teams in the league have called asking for Wilson’s availability.

Feb. 11: According to Dan Patrick, the Seahawks are disappointed with the way that Russell Wilson is airing his dirty laundry in the media:

“A source told me that the Seahawks’ management is not happy with Russell Wilson and his camp for taking this to the media,” Patrick said. “You wonder if they’re going to be able to co-exist. … The current situation is not sustainable. That’s what I was told.”

Feb. 9: Former wide receiver Brandon Marshall speaks on the situation with the Seahawks and Wilson, offering a bit of inside information. Marshall, who spent time with the Seahawks in 2018, says that the Seahawks don’t “believe” in Wilson, and that Wilson is trying to find his way out of Seattle in a “classy” way.

Feb. 9: Speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Wilson offers some particularly candid comments on his role with the inner workings of the team, saying he’s not involved in personnel decisions and would like to be. Wilson also says that he believes the Seahawks have gotten calls on his availability.

Feb. 8: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Wilson’s camp is dissatisfied with the organization’s inability to build an offensive line around the quarterback. Wilson has been sacked 394 times since entering the league. In a bit of foreshadowing, La Canfora reports that the “situation warrants serious monitoring.”

Jan. 12: Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The high-flying ‘Hawks offense stalled out in the second half of the season, but they still finish top 10 in points scored (459 is a franchise record).

Jan. 9: Seahawks fizzle out to end their season, losing to the Rams in a 30-20 NFL Super Wild Card weekend matchup. 

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