Russell Wilson’s relationship with Seahawks is simple: Winning cures all


Russell Wilson’s press conference on Thursday can be boiled down to one quote.

“You know what heals all things? Winning,” Wilson said emphatically to local reporters.

It was the first time Wilson spoke since early February when he publicly aired his frustrations over the team’s offensive line and expressed a desire to be more heavily involved in the team’s personnel decisions.

Wilson held court for around 30 minutes and each answer regarding the drama he drummed up this winter unsurprisingly centered around winning. The Seahawks franchise quarterback is a hyper-competitive future Hall-of-Famer who wants to leave behind a legacy that cements him among the league’s best of all time. That will require (at least) one more Lombardi Trophy. Wilson knows this, of course.

He downplayed the rift between himself and the organization and vowed that he wants to spend the rest of his career in Seattle. Wilson added that his relationship with Pete Carroll has never been better.

Let me make this clear: I believe that Wilson wants to wear a Seahawks jersey forever, and I don’t doubt that he and Carroll are on great terms. But I don’t buy Wilson’s claim that this saga “got a little bit blown out of proportion.” After all, what would need to “heal” if that was the case?

In between the quarterback trying to pretend this was all much ado about nothing were little tidbits of honesty that felt shared almost by accident.


All of this began the day after Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl. The entire world saw Wilson at the game looking grim while sandwiched between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his wife Ciara.

“I should be pissed off, right? I mean the end of the day you should be, you shouldn’t be wanting to sit there and watch the game,” Wilson said. “(You should) want to be there and want to play, especially when you played in it twice. You know it's one of those things like, man, we got to get back here.”

Absolutely he should have been pissed off, which is why it’s so bizarre that he spent more time during the presser suggesting everything was all good.

And remember the story that came out about Wilson being left off the renewal letter sent to Seahawks season ticket members? That clearly irked him as well. Wilson joked that it was probably just a typo before revealing that he had a conversation about it with team president Chuck Arnold.

Take it from someone who previously spent six seasons working for three different NFL organizations: A star quarterback isn’t having a heart-to-heart with the team president unless there’s something that needed to be patched up.

“Chuck and I had a great conversation,” Wilson said. “Pete and I had a great conversation and John after that. Obviously that was a big thing during that time that made it a little bit interesting along the way.

“I think the thing about winning at the highest level is-- the reality is that your mind's got to be stronger than your feelings. (Your) mind’s got to be stronger than your feelings sometimes. I think the reality is that you can't get emotional or have feelings about little things.”

Again, I’m not saying that Wilson was wrong to be hurt by his omission in the letter. This is merely me pondering why we have to go through this song and dance of pretending that there was no beef to be squashed when all the evidence points to the contrary?

Then there’s the list of four teams that Wilson’s agent gave to Adam Schefter, clubs the quarterback would be willing to waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to if push came to shove. Wilson explained that as a way to control the narrative and combat the perception that he had requested a trade (something he vehemently denied).

Wilson said that “tons of teams” were calling the Seahawks in order to inquire about the seven-time Pro Bowler.

“I didn't really want to go anywhere else I wanted to play in Seattle, but if I had to go somewhere, these are the teams I would go to,” Wilson said.

That’s not a normal course of action if everything was truly A-OK. This feels like a carbon copy of the story I wrote back in April with Carroll’s perspective on this topic. The moral of the story is the same in both instances: The two sides may be back on solid terms, but it doesn’t guarantee a long-term marriage from this point forward.


Which brings us back to the original quote in this piece: “You know what heals all things? Winning.” Bingo. And those wins have to come in 2021, likely to the tune of the team’s first appearance in an NFC Championship Game since 2014. If they don’t, all bets are off regarding Wilson’s future in Seattle.