Local media and some nationalistas are now certain that the Seahawks are not going to trade Russell Wilson.
On the surface, that sounds right. This week, Wilson repeated how much he likes Seattle, Pete Carroll said they have “no intention” of trading Wilson and John Schneider has been telling teams he is not shopping the QB.
But they all certainly have left the door open to a potential split, each carefully couching his words in case a big trade comes along that satisfies everyone. We won’t be surprised if Wilson is dealt – in fact, we put it at 60-40 that he is. If it happens, it will seemingly come out of the blue – that’s how Schneider does it.
How have they left the door open, you ask? Wilson told “TODAY” that “Seattle’s the place I’m at right now, and I love it.”
Key words: Right now.
At the Combine, Carroll said, “At this time of year, there are conversations about everybody. We talk about everybody. It’s commonplace to have conversations with other teams about all of the players, particularly marquee players, and that’s not changed. It’s been the same every year we have been here, so it’s the same as it’s been. We have no intention of making a move there.”
Key words: No intention.
Schneider said, “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t listen to it, if I just blew people off. … When it’s out there in the media and all that, of course if I was with another team I’d call and be like, ‘Hey, what’s up with Russell Wilson?’ Just because you field those calls and questions doesn’t mean we are out there actively shopping him.”
Key words: Actively shopping him.
Asked if any of the trade rumors have merit, he said, “To this point, no.”
To this point, though, we are only in Combine week. Schneider is listening to offers and gathering information on other players, as Carroll said – which surely includes feeling out which quarterbacks they might be able to get if they did pull the trigger on a Wilson deal.
The Seahawks ostensibly have until March 20, the due date of a $5 million roster bonus for Wilson, to get an offer they love.
“The facts are that if you’re competing, you’ve gotta listen to what’s going on,” Carroll said. “We can’t afford to miss the opportunity to compete, so that’s what we’re taxed to do. We’ll listen to everything.”
Schneider said, “No matter what time of the year it is, you’re always constantly listening, especially when the intensity just picks up this time of year.”