RENTON, Wash. — Russell Wilson becoming a member of a number of of his veteran Seattle Seahawks teammates in reporting for the ultimate week of organized group actions was the newest indication that, at the least for now, the stress between the group and its quarterback has subsided.
So, too, was every thing Wilson mentioned Thursday as he spoke with reporters for the primary time since his public criticism led to a drama-filled begin to the offseason in addition to calls from different NFL groups a couple of potential commerce.
Not that Wilson, as pissed off as he was on the time, wished to be anyplace else.
“Clearly I really like Seattle, I really like enjoying right here,” he mentioned Thursday after the Seahawks’ tenth and closing OTA. “I’ve had a terrific profession right here thus far. I’ve all the time wished to play right here for my full profession, clearly. I believe there was some unlucky frustrations after the season. Clearly you need to win all of it and do all of it and do every thing you may. I believe everyone on our group does. You need to win it, and I believe, sadly, I believe it received a bit of blown out of proportion a bit of bit.”
Two days after the Tremendous Bowl and a month after the Seahawks’ newest early exit from the playoffs, Wilson mentioned he was pissed off with all of the hits he is taken and said his want for extra say in personnel strikes. These feedback caught the Seahawks off guard; the remarks got here after Wilson and coach Pete Carroll had labored intently collectively in selecting Shane Waldron because the group’s new offensive coordinator.
The drama reached its peak later in February when Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the quarterback would settle for a commerce to solely 4 groups. Wilson, who has a no-trade clause, mentioned Thursday that was made public as a result of he wished to set the document straight that he didn’t request a commerce and — with the rumor mill buzzing — to make clear the place he would play if Seattle have been to deal him.
Common supervisor John Schneider mentioned in April that whereas he acquired calls on Wilson, he by no means “actively negotiated” with anybody.
“There was lots of people, there was an entire factor saying that I had requested a commerce, and that is simply not true,” Wilson mentioned Thursday. “I did not request a commerce. I believe every thing sort of began from there, after which clearly tons of groups have been calling. … I did not actually need to go anyplace else. I wished to play in Seattle, but when I needed to go someplace, these are the groups I might go to, think about. … I had a terrific dialog with Coach Carroll. I had a very nice dialog with John, too. Coach Carroll and I spent quite a lot of time collectively one-on-one. We’re right here to do what we’re meant to do and that is to win all of it. I am excited.”
Wilson mentioned these conversations made his relationships with Carroll and Schneider stronger. As for his offensive line, Wilson mentioned he did not intend his feedback about his go safety as criticism of his linemen’s play, that they did not take them as such and that he thus did not must have any conversations to clear the air.
That group returns 4 of 5 starters from final season. The exception is true guard Gabe Jackson, whom Seattle acquired for a fifth-round choose from the Las Vegas Raiders. Wilson known as Jackson a “spectacular soccer participant” and mentioned he would not know if that commerce was the results of the general public stress he placed on the group to beef up its O-line.
The Seahawks gave Jackson a brand new deal that lowered his cap cost and, for the primary time beneath Schneider and Carroll, added void years to a number of contracts to be able to ease their cap constraints. To that finish, Wilson mentioned he is keen to transform his wage to a signing bonus, as he did in 2017, to make manner for one more addition. He even introduced up the chance to Carroll. The Seahawks, nevertheless, are reluctant to restructure Wilson’s deal due to future cap ramifications.
Wilson and a number of other different Seahawks veterans reported earlier this week after not collaborating in in-person work for many of the voluntary offseason program. Wilson mentioned they wished to provide themselves a ramp-up to subsequent week’s obligatory minicamp. Together with his participation restricted to digital conferences (in addition to makeshift practices with Seahawks ability gamers at his San Diego-area dwelling), Wilson hadn’t met Waldron nose to nose till Monday.
Waldron, a former Los Angeles Rams assistant, is putting in an offense that’s anticipated to borrow closely from Sean McVay’s system. That features leaning into the quick tempo that Wilson has lengthy favored.
“He is received a terrific understanding of the sport,” Wilson mentioned. “For us to be collectively is tremendous thrilling. I had a terrific dialog with him, a number of conversations alongside the best way with him in the course of the course of. I actually imagine in him. I imagine on this soccer group.”
Wilson, who’s beneath contract for 3 extra years, had an fascinating reply when requested whether or not the uncertainty about his future may return subsequent offseason.
“I believe anytime in sports activities, clearly issues can change,” he mentioned. “That is simply the truth. All people is aware of that. However I believe that for me, my coronary heart of hearts, I really like this metropolis, I really like this place, I really like every thing about it. … In the end, I really like the followers, I really like my teammates, I really like this teaching employees, I really like this constructing. So each time I come up right here, I get excited, simply to get able to go once more. Each morning I get up, I get up to win and get up to win one other Tremendous Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks. That is my mission.
“I’ve all the time been capable of compartmentalize, from the very best of the highs on life to the bottom of lows typically. The truth is that my thoughts is so centered on us doing it, doing it once more for this metropolis and us successful all of it. It takes a journey; it takes quite a lot of arduous work; it takes quite a lot of finding out; it takes quite a lot of nice moments — some powerful ones, too, alongside the best way. However I do know we are able to do it once more. So for me, personally, I hope I play my entire profession right here.”