After nine seasons in the NFL that have included seven Pro Bowls, eight playoff berths, one Super Bowl ring and now an NFL Man of the Year award, Russell Wilson figures he deserves to have his voice heard.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback said Tuesday in a pair of interviews he would like to be part of the team's brain trust when it comes to making future personnel moves.
“I think if you ask guys like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, you know even Tom (Brady), you know, I think that you saw this year how much he was involved in the process – I think that’s something that is important to me,’’ Wilson said.
After nine NFL seasons and 394 sacks – including 47 this past season – Wilson feels he could use some extra protection along the offensive line, telling radio host Dan Patrick “we’ve got to get better up front.’’
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is sacked by Cardinals defensive end Angelo Blackson in their Week 11 game in Seattle. (Photo: Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports)
An NFL Network report over the weekend said that a few teams have contacted Seattle to check on Wilson's availability in a trade – leading to Wilson being asked if he's frustrated with the Seahawks.
“I’m frustrated I’m getting hit too much,’’ he responded. “I’m frustrated at that part of it, you know.’’
Wilson has three years remaining on his current contract that averages $35 million per season. He ranks third behind Patrick Mahomes ($45 million) and Deshaun Watson ($39 million) among the NFL's highest-paid players.
Any potential trade would have severe financial implications for the teams involved. When asked if he thought he might be on the trade block, Wilson told Patrick: “I’m not sure if I’m available or not – that’s a Seahawks question.’’
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