Jarrett Payton provides reality check on Wilson trade rumors


Hold up a minute, apparently there are still some people out there that believe Russell Wilson is staying in Seattle.

Ok, while it’s definitely fun to get super hyped for a Wilson trade to the Bears, let’s be real for a second. It’s been reported that the Seahawks are answering calls from other teams regarding a possible Wilson trade. ESPN's Dianna Russini wouldn’t go as far as to say Seattle was “shopping” Wilson, but they weren’t closing the door either. However, the big caveat with each of these reports is that they all say the Seahawks’ priority is to repair the relationship with their disgruntled QB.

Speaking of that relationship, all this hysteria started with various reports that Wilson is unhappy with his role in Seattle. Not only does he want to throw the ball more, he wants a bigger say in the offensive scheme, too. But he doesn’t believe his voice has been heard by head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks’ brass. There’s a big caveat to these reports, as well. Almost all of them say that despite these hard feelings, Wilson has yet to formally request a trade.

So where does that leave us? Honestly, in a similar situation to any round of trade rumors. Remember all the smoke surrounding a Bears-Eagles trade involving Carson Wentz? After weeks of speculation, he ended up in Indianapolis. On the other hand, deals like the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff swap can pop up out of nowhere.


Of course, a Bears trade for Wilson is still possible. We’ve heard Ryan Pace has made trading for him his priority at quarterback. But it’s important to remember there’s a good chance Wilson stays in Seattle, too.

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