Pete Carroll tried his best, but in the end it was not enough. No matter what he tried, the Seattle Seahawks head coach just couldn’t convince Russell Wilson to stay in the Pacific Northwest.
After ten seasons in Seattle, Russell Wilson was shipped off to the Denver Broncos this offseason (along with a fourth-round pick) in exchange for two first-rounders, two second-rounders, a fifth-round pick, and a group of players that includes Drew Lock, Noah Fant and Shelby Harris.
It’s a great return for the 33-year-old quarterback. But Pete Carroll still would have preferred to keep Wilson around. He recently admitted that much during an interview with ESPN Radio’s SEASports710, as he detailed exactly how he tried to get his QB to stick around.
“There was so much compelling reasoning why he would stay because of all the history and all the time spent. That was exactly where I was coming from, just to use the logic of it. When you’ve built a relationship over a long period of time there’s great benefits to that moving forward and well beyond your career and stuff. Those are all parts of the conversation. What I continue to say, Mike, I had no intention of making a move at all while guys were under contract and we were pleased with what was going on and all. So, I fought for the logic of that for a good while until it wasn’t meaningful anymore to stick with that.”
Unfortunately, Carroll’s logic wasn’t enough. And now the Seahawks have a gaping hole at quarterback. They could decide to roll with Drew Lock, but drafting someone with their ninth-overall pick (which they received from Denver) or trading for Baker Mayfield seem like the more logical options at the moment.