Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has sat back and let the front office make the team’s personnel decisions for the majority of his career, but he’s now changed his tune.
Wilson has been the team’s starting quarterback since the year he was drafted (2012), and he led them to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. Had the Seahawks handed the ball off to Marshawn Lynch late in Super Bowl XLIX, the team likely would have repeated the following year.
But it wasn’t to be, and now Wilson, at 32 years of age, is left pondering how he’ll spend the remainder of his prime years. Everyone just assumes it’ll be in Seattle, given his contract, and how he’s become a part of the community, but Wilson’s recent comments suggest otherwise.
Wilson recently earned the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, which resulted in a press conference so he could share how he felt about it, yet he took time to go in a bit of a different direction.
“I think if you ask guys like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, you know even Tom (Brady), you know, I think that you saw this year how much he was involved in the process – I think that’s something that is important to me,’’ Wilson said, via USA Today Sports.
He apparently isn’t thrilled about how the Seahawks offensive line has fared over the years, either.
“I’m frustrated I’m getting hit too much,’’ he responded. “I’m frustrated at that part of it, you know.’’
Wilson does make a good point, as the Seahawks offensive line has been subpar — at best — for the entirety of his career, when compared to the rest of the league. As for the personnel decisions, it seems like more and more quarterbacks are now lobbying for input, yet few in years past actually were given that right — aside from legendary signal-callers such as Peyton Manning. Even Tom Brady didn’t really have it in New England, which is likely a big reason why he signed with Tampa Bay last offseason.