Seahawks “have no intention” of trading with Russell Wilson

INDIANAPOLIS – The semantics school had classes again and the topic on Wednesday was Russell Wilson.

Now in its 13th month of trade winds swirling around their franchise quarterback, head coach Pete Carroll said at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Seahawks “have no intention” of trading Wilson. So let’s start with the interpretations: Does that mean the nine-time Pro Bowler is off-limits? Or might General Manager John Schneider’s “intent” change when presented with a sponsorship offer?

“There’s talk about everyone at this time of year,” Carroll said. “It’s common practice to have conversations with other teams about all players, marquee players in particular, and that hasn’t changed. It’s been the same every year since we’ve been here. We have no intention of taking a step there. The discussions, [Schneider] must catch this [calls]. He always has. But nothing concrete to talk about [about on Wilson].”

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Carroll later clarified to local Seattle media that the Seahawks “don’t buy” Wilson, adding that Schneider wouldn’t do his job if he “just blew people away.” None of the calls to start putting together offers piqued his interest “to this point”. There’s just a little more wiggle room.

Wilson’s initial list of teams for which he would waive his no-trade clause included the Bears (who have since drafted Justin Fields), Cowboys (who have since re-signed Dak Prescott), Saints and Raiders. The Saints are in salary hell, much like the Giants, who became another popular target for a Wilson trade due to the business appeal of New York City for him and his singer wife Ciara.

Wilson, 33, has two years and $37 million left in salary plus $10 million in roster bonuses remaining on his contract.

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The dolphins are from the Deshaun Watson trade market – if there is one.

“The door is closed on Deshaun Watson,” said GM Chris Grier.

Watson, who did not play for the Texans last season after a trade claim and 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct, still faces the possibility of criminal charges and/or disciplinary action under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The Dolphins, who were keen when head coach Brian Flores was at the helm, are moving on with head coach Mike McDaniel and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Grier also confirmed an earlier report that he had reached out to the Saints to interview now-retired trainer Sean Payton, who remains under contract but was denied permission. Grier said he had “no talks” about bringing Tom Brady out of retirement as he remains signed with the Buccaneers.

Also count the Eagles on Watson.

GM Howie Roseman said “nothing has changed” since he gave a vote of confidence to Jalen Hurts as a starter for the offseason. The Eagles have three first-round draft picks, which is the kind of trade ammunition it takes to pry away a 26-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback like Watson (legal questions pending).

“We have Jalen Hurts, a 23-year-old quarterback who took his team to the playoffs, and he just keeps getting better and better,” Roseman said. “He will do everything to get better and we have to do our part.” Seahawks “have no intention” of trading with Russell Wilson


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