Russell Wilson says Seahawks tried trading him multiple times

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The Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Broncos in March, hitting the reset button at quarterback after a decade of unprecedented success. While the move came as a surprise, apparently it could have happened several years ago if the franchise had gotten their way.

Wilson says the team tried dealing him multiple times before this year, according to a report by Jeff Legwold at ESPN. The one confirmed account was a 2018 proposal to the Browns, who held the No. 1 pick that year.

“According to a source, Wilson heard while attending Super Bowl LV in February of 2021 that Seattle previously had other conversations about trading him in addition to their 2018 call to the Cleveland Browns. A Seahawks source has said that the 2018 call to the Browns was the only time they actively tried to trade Wilson other than when they did so to Denver in March.”

There have long been rumors that Pete Carroll and John Schneider had their eye on either Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen in that draft class, depending on which version of the story you believe.

Additionally, Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk says he’s heard the team tried dealing him to the Cardinals for the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2019, which they would have used on Kyler Murray.

Odds are we will never get the full story – but it sounds like neither party was blameless in this increasingly-messy divorce story.

Story originally appeared on Seahawks Wire