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The body, soul and mind of the Seahawks is starting QB Russell Wilson.
Fans can quarrel over Pete Carroll’s play calling, Chris Carson’s bruising runs or the tandem at receiver (Lockett, Metcalf) that help Russ put numbers on the scoreboard — but when the tape plays, the magic of Russell Wilson shows.
Seattle’s crown jewel may be held in high regard after each escape from the pocket for a 30-yard completion or improbable win, but Wilson has seen his share of pushback from the higher-ups. Enough to spark potential trade rumors or whispers of discontent from the franchise quarterback. Though the two sides have largely settled their differences to the tune of a 4-year, $120 million contract extension, Wilson’s future play in the PNW is anything but certain.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that as of Week 1, both Seattle and Wilson are getting along “swimmingly.” Mentioned in the same sentence as Aaron Rodgers and his trials with Green Bay, Rapoport provided the semi-assuring transcript from the Seattle QB, but also added that the team will be monitoring Russ’ progress along the season as they dwell on a potential trade deal if the two parties still feel at odds.
Like any franchise that has housed an elite, but disgruntled, talent at QB, the Seahawks are hoping that their worst-case scenario still involves some capital in return for Wilson.
Russell Wilson’s start to the 2021 season is also going swimmingly: Throwing for three touchdowns before halftime against an Indianapolis Colts defense that is anything but average.
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