The idea that Russell Wilson and the Seahawks aren't getting along has gained a lot more support thanks to a lengthy Thursday story from The Athletic that details the growing rift between the two sides.
Forget being on the same page, they may not even be on the same shelf on the bookcase.
While the entire article is worth a read, the basics of it are that Wilson has grown increasingly upset with the organization not giving him more authority over the scheme and personnel, a consistently weak offensive line not protecting him better and not being in a good position to achieve his own lofty goals.
The Seahawks and Pete Carroll, on the other hand, don't want to acquiesce to the quarterback's demands and feel Wilson views himself a little too highly. Now, where this gets weird is whether or not Wilson has actually requested a trade from the franchise that drafted him in 2012.
Per The Athletic, Wilson's camp has "broached potential trade destinations with the Seahawks" because of his frustrations. The outlet even wrote that "some people around the league think a trade could happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the near future."
That's not quite definitive, but certainly makes it seem like a request could be coming. However, Adam Schefter later tweeted that Wilson's agent informed ESPN the QB "has not" demanded to be moved.
Schefter added in the same tweet that if Wilson were to go that far, he would only consider a move to Dallas, New Orleans, Las Vegas or Chicago. Because of his no-trade clause, Wilson has the power to shut down a transaction he doesn't approve of.
As for whether such a blockbuster could actually occur, longtime NFL writer John Clayton is more than skeptical.
"The relationship is strained but it's not going to change the equation because if you trade Russell Wilson, all of the sudden you're a six, seven-win team that's going to take years to build," Clayton said Thursday on the BMitch & Finlay show on 106.7 The Fan. "Everybody wants to create some trades that aren't going to happen and this is a trade that's not going to happen."
So, essentially, there are conflicting opinions on Wilson's intentions about his future that all have one thing in common: He's nowhere near as pleased with how his career is going as an outsider would assume when looking at his numbers and record.
Locally, the question naturally becomes: How can Washington benefit from this?
Well, this could be the exact reason why Ron Rivera is content with patiently trying to solve the Burgundy and Gold's QB problem.
As Rivera told the media earlier this month, he'd certainly want to find Washington's long-term solution at the position as soon as possible, but it's also not "imperative" that he does so in 2021. By not hurrying, Rivera gives his team the chance to remain flexible and adjust when unforeseen situations, such as this one involving Wilson, unfold.
Maybe Clayton's statement will prove correct, and Wilson and the Seahawks will figure out a compromise. If a fracture becomes permanent, though, Washington could be a squad that pounces -- whether that's on Wilson or, more likely, another passer freed up following a Wilson move once the dust settles.