It was just this offseason when the Seattle Seahawks finally parted ways with Russell Wilson by sending the Super Bowl winning quarterback to the Denver Broncos in a blockbuster trade. And guess what? We won’t have to wait long to see Russ make his return to the Emerald City.
The Broncos are slated to visit Seattle in the first edition of Monday Night Football this season. And it appears as though the storylines are already heating up.
The latest report comes from Seahawks insider Brady Henderson, who provided some background information regarding the breakup between Wilson and the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2012 draft.
According to Henderson, one of the key factors contributing to their breakup was Wilson’s frustration with the direction of the team. Russ apparently hated watching the likes of Brady and Mahomes play deep into January, while he was “sitting there watching other guys play the game.”
However, the relationship apparently began to fracture well before the Seahawks fell out of playoff contention. Henderson claims that tensions grew between the two sides after Seahawks GM John Schneider attended the pro days of both Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Schneider claimed that his time in Green Bay — when they drafted Aaron Rodgers, despite still having Brett Favre — and his “no stone unturned approach” meant he had to do his homework on every quarterback prospect available. And with the Seahawks’ schedule preventing him from watching any of Mahomes’ or Allen’s college games, their pro days were his only chance to see them live.
According to Henderson’s source within the team, Wilson and his crew weren’t buying that excuse one bit:
Wilson’s camp had a different view.
“They were f—ing pissed,” a Seahawks’ front-office source said.
Of course, the Seahawks drafted neither Mahomes nor Allen, as both quarterback went well before the Seahawks had a pick.
Instead, Wilson stuck around for a few more seasons and carried the team to the playoffs in 2018, 2019 and 2020, before enduring his first losing season in the NFL — as Seattle finished last in the division with a 7-10 record in 2021.
Wilson will be entering his 11th season in 2022. Last year marked the first season in which he failed to start every game. In 14 contests, he had 3,113 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.
He’ll now be leading a high-powered offensive group in Denver that includes Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon.