Mike Silver: A third of the NFL has inquired on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

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Mike Silver: A third of the NFL has inquired on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Things have simmered on the Russell Wilson front, but this story isn't going anywhere.

The Seahawks star quarterback remains frustrated with the organization, and as Mike Silver put it on Monday, the quarterback has the team's attention.

Wilson notably shared during a post-Super Bowl media tour that he believes he has gotten hit too much over the course of his career and that he wants more of a say in personnel decisions. Those comments put the team on notice and mandated a sense of urgency from Pete Carroll and John Schneider.

"Internally they got the message," Silver said on NFL Network. "They're not thrilled that their quarterback felt that way, and teams have been calling. Probably a third of the league has reached out to inquire about Russell Wilson."

Double-digit teams picking up the phone and calling Schneider isn't insignificant, regardless of whether Wilson ends up getting moved this offseason. That's unlikely, of course, due to the $39 million in dead cap space Seattle would incur upon such a deal, not to mention the meaningful step back in the team's goal of winning a Super Bowl in the near future.

But Wilson publicly airing his grievances indicates that a fracture exists between him and the front office, at least to some degree. That sets the table for a massive 2021 season. Should the Seahawks regress again next year, tensions would assuredly worsen and there would be a real chance Wilson isn't with the club in 2022.

Thus, Schneider owes it to himself and the team to at least listen to what teams have to say when they call.

"He listens to anything and everything all the time," Silver said.

Silver surmised that no real trade negotiations have taken place just yet, but he put the realistic price tag for Wilson starting at three first-round picks.

"That's the message other teams believe would be conveyed," Silver said.

The cancellation of this year's NFL Scouting Combine means it's unclear when we will hear from Carroll and/or Schneider next. Hopefully the Seahawks organize a press conference prior to the start of free agency in mid-March so we can hear their public reaction to Wilson's critiques.