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Over the past couple of months, Russell Wilson has been in trade talks. There were rumors everywhere that he was going to leave Seattle. It is now time for those rumors to be squashed as he has now said “I’m here to stay.”
Last year, the Seahawks traded for Carlos Dunlap. Which Wilson was happy about. But, this offseason he expressed his frustrations with the Seahawks for not protecting him, and that he also wanted input on personnel. While, Russell Wilson helped bring in Shane Waldron, the Seahawks new offensive coordinator. He wanted input on player personnel.
According to ESPN
“Wilson worked to encourage running back Chris Carson to re-sign with the Seahawks, a source told ESPN. “
“I did ask him if, obviously, he was going to be with us, because if I’m coming back, I’m coming back because I see him as my quarterback, and the rest of the team, I want to pick up where we left off,” Dunlap said Tuesday. “And he told me he’s with us and he’s here to stay, and he said, ‘Let’s go, Hawks.’ I’m not going to quote his every word. These words are not his words verbatim, but these are my explanation of how I interpreted what he said.”
There were rumors that some big trade packages were put together by the four teams that he had said he was interested in: New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, and Dallas Cowboys.
Whether or not Russell Wilson stays beyond this season, the Seahawks front office has done its part to protect Wilson this season. The Seahawks offensive line now looks like this:
LT; Duane Brown, LG; Damien Lewis, C; Ethan Pocic, RG; Gabe Jackson, RT; Brandon Shell
This was really hard to choose who gets the start at the guard positions, as Lewis was the starting RG for the Seahawks last season. Jackson has started at both left and right, and OG Phil Haynes (no relation to me) might be ready to start as well. If Jackson and Lewis get the starting jobs, for depth they would currently have OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Haynes, Kyle Fuller, Alex Boone, and JaMarco Jones. When it comes down to it this is a group that should be able to protect the QB. However, Offensive Line coach Mike Solari, and Pete Carroll will have their work cut out for them.
The Seahawks also have a second, fourth, and seventh round pick for this years draft. They may pick up a QB or a lineman, we’ll have to wait and see. No matter what position we see them draft. The Seahawks are already looking like a Super Bowl contender with the additions on defense.
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