Many times during this offseason, the Seattle Seahawks maintained that they were not the ones pushing to trade Russell Wilson. However, we all saw the 33-year-old’s move to Denver as the Broncos received Wilson, along with a fourth-round pick, and sent Drew Lock and Shelby Harris back to Seattle. They also traded away 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, 2022 and 2023 second-round picks, along with a fifth-round pick in 2022.
According to NFL analyst John Middlekauff, the trade had to happen because Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll had grown tired of each other.
Speaking on the 3 and Out podcast, Middlekauf stated that the franchise won’t be parting ways with receiver DK Metcalf, even though some of their same talking points about not trading Wilson are the same right now with the dynamic WR.
“The Raiders are trying to become a consistent playoff team, right? The Dolphins? They don’t know what they’re doing. You don’t. This would feel extremely desperate. And if I’m Seattle, I’m just not trading him like well, if you could trade Russell Wilson, you can trade anyone, that’s not true. Russell Wilson was in the NFL for a decade. They had extended him multiple times. He had been on their team for a long period of time.”
“So he finally told you I want out and your head coach, which is a little weird. You’re staying loyal to him. He’s seventy years old but you didn’t want really to coach him either. He can say whatever he wants, like they wanted to divorce from each other, Pete and Russell. This one like regardless who your quarterback is, you want DK Metcalf on your team.”
Middlekauff continued on with his comments:
“Because he’s a difference making player and if you have a lower end quarterback, which they’re going to have, he’s an enormous target to throw to. So to me, the Jets should not be interested in trading pick 10 and 100% Seattle Seahawks should not trade DK Metcalf, just like the Titans shouldn’t trade AJ brown or the 49ers trade Deebo Samuel. “
Either way, the trade squarely shook up the AFC West and put the Denver Broncos as a viable contender to make some noise not only in the regular season but possibly the postseason as well.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, are getting ready for a full rebuild for many years to come.