RENTON -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson swatted away assertions made Wednesday that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause for a trio of possible destinations.
“That’s not in my head right now at all,” Wilson said on Thursday. “I didn’t say that. I’m focused on what we’re doing here. Obviously I love Seattle. This is a place I’ve loved every day, every moment.”
Jordan Schultz, the son of former Supersonics and Starbucks owner Howard Schultz, has occasionally broken news in the NBA and NFL ranks throughout the years. He had a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday claiming that Wilson would consider waiving his no-trade clause after this season to join the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints or Denver Broncos.
The claims made in the report seemed puzzling for a few reasons and Wilson made a point of refuting them when asked about them on Wednesday. He said his continued hope is to play his entire career in Seattle.
“That’s my hope,” Wilson said. “My hope’s not just to fulfill it. Hopefully I can play here 20 years and my career. Will that happen? I don’t know. That’s my prayer, that’s my hope. That stuff’s in the future, that stuff’s down the road. I think my mission, my focus is only on right now.”
The future of Wilson and the Seahawks isn't a simple matter. Wilson and those close to him did make it clear last offseason that there was frustration from their side about some aspects of Seattle's trajectory. Wilson made a point of criticizing the offensive line saying he "frustrated with getting hit too much" and his agent, Mark Rodgers, put out a message to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com stating that Wilson hasn't asked for a trade, but if he were to be traded (at the time) he'd only accept the Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders or Chicago Bears.
Given the Seahawks 4-8 record so far this season -- the worst mark through 12 games in the Wilson/Pete Carroll era -- the specter of Wilson's camp rocking the boat again this offseason remains a real possibility.
However, doing so after immediately after a win over a divisional rival in the San Francisco 49ers seemed to be an odd time for such messaging to be coming out.
The Giants and Broncos both aren't exactly secure with their head coach situations either, which could be a key factor in Wilson decided where else he'd consider playing if he did look to leave Seattle. So the teams tied to Wilson here didn't make that much sense.
Additionally, if Rodgers can get in touch with Schefter, or any number of additional major NFL reporters, why would such messaging come from someone who has roughly 1 percent of the Twitter following alone of Schefter. If you're looking to get a message out, there's far more credible ways for it to get out and seen widely.
Wilson says that any current assertion that he's looking elsewhere after this season isn't legitimate.
"When I hurt my finger, you realize that every day you want to take advantage of every day. I've always had that mindset," Wilson said. "I love this place. I love this space. I love where my mind is at. I love where our team is at. I think that we can be better in this journey, but we can go as as far as we want to go in the next five weeks-plus. I think that's where my head is. So that's a non-story.
"All that stuff’s in the future. That stuff’s down the road. I think my mission and my focus that I can only do right now is focus on right now, today -- third down, red zone, light it up, have a great day, bring as much energy, as much focus, as I can to this football team. And as I mentioned, I love this place. I love this city and this team and what we can do. So I think my focus is on that and that’s really what matters.”
Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 05: Russell Wilson #3 and head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks react during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Lumen Field on December 05, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)