Russell Wilson trade rumors: Seahawks QB says he never requested trade

Russell Wilson insists that he wants to stay in Seattle. 

Despite the rumors about the quarterback this offseason, Wilson said Thursday that he did not request a trade from the Seahawks and has “always wanted to play here,” according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

“I think there were some unfortunate frustrations after the season. Obviously you want to win it all and do it all, and do everything you can. I think everybody on our team does,” Wilson told reporters, per the PFT report. Wilson took questions Thursday after the Seahawks’ final OTA session. “I think, unfortunately, it got a little blown out of proportion. I think that my ultimate goal is to win.”

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It was reported in February that while Wilson did not request a trade, his agent put out a list of four teams the quarterback would play for, fueling speculation that he might be looking at possibly leaving Seattle. The four teams were the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears. 

Other reports said that Wilson had expressed frustration with how the Seahawks were running their offense, from the lack of protection by the offensive line to coaches not listening to him about how to fix the offense during the season. 

Wilson told reporters Thursday there is “always a possibility of something happening,” but he also said he “did not request a trade.”

“I think at the end of the day, the reality is I’m here and I’m here to win. I’m here to win it all,” Wilson said, per PFT. 

The 2020 campaign was another standout year for Wilson; he led the Seahawks to a 12-4 record with 4,212 passing yards, 513 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns while also posting career bests in completion percentage (68.8) and passing touchdowns (40). 

One of the major obstacles to trading Wilson is his contract. He has salary cap hits of $32 million in 2021, $37 million in 2022 and $40 million in 2023, according to Spotrac

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