The Russell Wilson-Seahawks drama has cooled for now, but Warren Moon doesn’t envision it ending that way.
The Seahawks are expected to go into the season with Wilson as their starting quarterback if they don’t trade him before the NFL Draft. With the number of quarterback openings dwindling, Wilson’s suitors have unexpectedly been trimmed down. Perhaps only the Miami Dolphins remain at this point, and they just traded away their most enticing asset in the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
So, will the Seahawks be able to resolve matters with Wilson? That’s easier said than done, especially with Wilson still rather upset about the lack of protection on the offensive line, even after the team traded for an extended Gabe Jackson.
Warren Moon, NFL legend, expects Wilson to force an untimely exit.
Warren Moon would be surprised Russell Wilson stays with the Seahawks long-term
“I think it’s kind of headed, unfortunately, in the same direction [as Lynch and Sherman],” Moon said, per NFL.com. “I think right now it’s almost like a marriage that’s started to just have squabbles and they’re squabbling about certain little issues, whether it’s pass protection, whether it’s talent. There’s all these little squabbles going on right now. And I think because of Russell’s contract situation, there’s not a whole lot the Seahawks can do as far as moving him somewhere else, even if they wanted to.”
Wilson’s contract runs through the 2023 season, but he becomes significantly cheaper to move after 2022. Should the Seahawks opt to trade him this summer, it’ll likely come after late June, when his dead cap number decreases.
Nonetheless, the ideal option here for Seattle is that Wilson and the front office can reconcile. That’s easier said than done given the current friction, but both sides need each other enough to perhaps understand their current situation isn’t tenable.