The Seahawks say they are in a “fantastic place” with Russell Wilson and have not been actively involved in trade negotiations


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SEATTLE – To hear coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider say that, everything is fine between them Seattle Seahawks i Russell Wilson.

And according to the top two decision makers on the team, trading in their franchise quarterback was never considered.

The Seahawks made Carroll and Schneider available to reporters on Wednesday for the first time since Wilson publicly expressed his frustrations with the organization during a couple of media interviews in February. Among those frustrations were all the hits and bags he took over during his nine seasons in Seattle.

“There were some things that were said and that needed to be addressed, and they were,” Carroll said. “So Russ is in a great place right now and he was in a great place during the offseason. We communicated through all things just like I always have.”

ESPNs Adam Schefter reported in March if it is Chicago Bears embarked on a “very aggressive pursuit” of Wilson, but were told the Seahawks were not trading him at the time. Asked about Bear’s search for Wilson, Schneider declined to specify which teams inquired about his availability.

“There were more teams calling after that media blitz that happened,” Schneider said. “But no, I’ve never actively negotiated with anyone or any team. Did people call? Absolutely.”

Wilson expressed his frustration with Seattle’s pass protection and expressed a desire for more words in personnel decisions during appearances on “The Dan Patrick Show” and in a separate interview set for the quarterback to discuss being named Walter Payton of the NFL. a. Year. Those comments marked the first time that he had publicly expressed any degree of dissatisfaction with the organization that drafted him in 2012.

“Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson are the two most passionate and competitive people I know, and passionate people just say passionate things,” Schneider said. “I think it kind of came out.”

Carroll said there was no problem between the organization and Wilson, but only the problem of the need to overcome the media storm that resulted from the quarterback going public with its accident. When asked if Wilson’s comments violated Carroll’s rule no. 1 – always protect the team – Carroll said they “challenged” the rule.

“The conversation is there that we wish we didn’t have to share the world and all that,” he said. “You never get clarity and its essence when you have to act through the media. That’s why we’ve tried to be really quiet in all of this.”

That quiet Carroll approach meant not making any statement through a team that could lull speculation about Wilson’s future. Carroll said he doesn’t communicate strictly through the media, something he learned a long time ago from Bud Grant.

“I said [to Wilson]: ‘You won’t hear a peek from me, and you can do that too and just let go of the things that are being talked about,’ but it’s hard. It’s hard for people, and not everyone can do it. That requires the right discipline and that is learning [process], and I hope Russ will always be better for it, because he’s been through a lot, and I hope other guys can learn from that too. Power comes from really knowing the truth and knowing what is going on. … It is true that he was not traded and he is on our list and has been reporting here for a long time, and anything that could ever have happened was so far away that it could have ever happened had it not been worth considering. “

Carroll said he regularly asks for contributions from Wilson and other players, and that the quarterback has never asked to have more words in personnel moves. Sources told ESPN that Wilson’s frustrations outweighed the protection of the aisle and his perception of a lack of voice in acquisitions compared to other top quarterbacks. Wilson also wanted more Seattle attacks to pass through him, which is explained in detail in The Athletic story.

As stated in that story, Wilson jumped out of a meeting with Seahawks coaches last season out of frustration that his suggestions for fixing fouls on the team were rejected.

Shortly after the story of Athletic was published, Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that, although Wilson did not demand trade, he would accept trade only with the Bears, New Orleans Saints,, Dallas Cowboys i Las Vegas Raiders, if Seattle had to deal with him. Wilson has a trade ban clause in a four-year extension, extended by $ 140 million, which he signed in 2019. That contract is three years old.

“I gave Russ a clear statement:‘ Let’s just shut up and be quiet about these things, ’” Carroll said when asked about speculation about Wilson’s future getting stronger after Rodgers gave Schefter a list of acceptable trade destinations. “We don’t need to say anything, we know the truth about what’s going on. When it came up, that kind of went to the top by opening up some other conversations that shouldn’t have happened. It was an example of why we’re quiet and why nothing we say. It was so pointless because it had nothing to do with what was going on. It gave another little byte that people could talk about and I wish we had avoided it, that’s what I’m saying. “

A source told ESPN that Wilson was working on recruiting racing backs Chris Carson back to Seattle. He celebrated Carson’s return on Twitter, and did the same with several other moves by the team at the free agency.

“It’s currently being raised as it has been so far,” Carroll said. “It’s in the process of reversing our new offensive things that are different from the past and the things we need to learn. It’s completely looking for and doing a great job, his mentality is strong and conditioning is right. He’s doing a great job. That’s how things were said, they were said “And sometimes you have to deal with things, and that’s how we take care of our work. We’re in a fantastic place right now and we’re really excited about this team this season and this draft is coming and all.”

Asked to what extent Wilson has been committed to the Seahawks in the long run and vice versa, Carroll once again mentioned that they have not changed him and that they “plan to keep him here for a while”.

As for the issue of passage protection, Carroll said the system Seattle is installing under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron will help, stressing, among other things, faster throws. He declined to go into details about why he and previous OC Brian Schottenheimer broke up after the season.

Carroll looked back on the safety of the Pro Bowl Jamal Adams as Seahawks ’No. 1 in this year’s draft, a reference to how Seattle waived the draft package, including this year’s first and third rounds, in store last summer with New York Jets.

Both Carroll and Schneider talked about Adams being part of the team’s future. Adams is entering the fifth and final year of the rookie business that Seattle inherited from the Jets. Schneider said the Adams team has given no indication as to whether it will play its current deal, which comes with a salary of just under $ 10 million. A source told ESPN that there is confidence in the organization that a long-term extension with Adams will be done during this season.

“We certainly want him here in the long run,” Schneider said. “We’re really glad we made this trade to get it. It’s going to be a very important part of our future.”

Schneider said he could not discuss the defensive end Aldon Smithrecent arrest in connection with alleged second-degree battery in Louisiana, adding that they must let the legal process go its course. Asked about Smith’s past, which includes allegations of domestic violence, Schneider alluded to a general statement he made a few years ago about how the Seahawks would avoid players involved in such incidents and said he has since learned that “every situation completely different and you have to study every situation and be comfortable with your decisions. “

“We explored him with Aldon this last time,” he said. “It was a minimum wage job and we decided to give it a try.”

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