Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was at the center of trade rumors for much of the NFL offseason, particularly after he publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with the team.
Wilson clarified on Thursday that he had not requested a trade this offseason and insisted his relationship with coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider had been strengthened by a string of talks after months of uncertainty.
Wilson said, “We’re on the same page. We’re here to do what we’re meant to do and that’s to win it at all. I’m excited. I’m excited about who we have, the guys we have, excited where we are. Coach Carroll and I’s relationship couldn’t be stronger on it. Like I said earlier, my focus is to win. Winning means everything to me.”
At the beginning of February, during a video conference call with reporters, Wilson complained about the lack of field safety and stressed that the team needed to improve.
Speculation boiled over when Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers told ESPN that Wilson did not have a trade request in mind, but mentioned four teams that he was willing to waive his no-trade terms: Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago, and New Orleans.
His latest public statement to reporters implied the drama between him and the team has been cleared. Wilson now has the chance to lead Seattle to another NFC West title and to get back to the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks won its only Super Bowl title eight years ago, and it’s been seven years since they last won the NFC. The team hasn’t advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs in any season since then.