Russell Wilson’s discomfort with the Seahawks organization still exists, whether Pete Carroll wants to admit it or not.
Wilson is unlikely to be traded at this juncture of the offseason, especially with the NFL Draft behind us. Any draft compensation the Seahawks would’ve preferred to pick up is obviously a moot point, meaning it’s fair to expect Wilson to start training camp with his teammates, even if he’s still a little displeased with Carroll and Co.
The Seahawks head coach has a unique amount of autonomy in regards to front office decisions, even if John Schneider in the general manager. This makes his commentary on Wilson’s stance all the more important moving forward.
Seahawks: Pete Carroll says Russell Wilson’s comments were misconstrued
“It seems like really old news to talk about this because it’s been such a long time,” Carroll said Friday on the Rich Eisen Show. “The little bit he said carried so much air time that it became bigger than life. Throughout the whole process, Russell, we’ve always been connected, we’ve always been talking, we’ve never not been in communication, and we weren’t at all in this time either. A couple things that came out got magnified and the questions came out, and there was a couple things, he was frustrated when he was talking, just like any of us can sometimes emphasize something that’s on the top of our mind, and it can be played differently than it really played itself out.”
Not sure that’s what Wilson would say, coach. Seattle did go out this offseason and make the offensive line a priority. They traded for former Raiders offensive lineman Gabe Jackson, and selected tackle Stone Forsythe with one of their three picks in the draft.
Those moves alone won’t mend the relationship entirely, but it’s a start. Wilson’s concerns need to be taken more seriously moving forward. Brushing off his offseason trade request won’t do the two sides any good.