Russell Wilson Takes Backhanded Shot at Seattle Seahawks

Getty Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is already enjoying playing with his new team in the Denver Broncos. While the 33-year-old has been publicly praising his new team, some of his comments also appear to be taking a shot at his former franchise and its front office.

Wilson talked to reporters while hosting his own football camp, the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, on Friday. According to Zac Stevens with DNVR, Wilson made it clear why he wanted to play with the Broncos when talking about the team.

“I said, ‘hey, listen, I want to make sure I go to a city that wants to win. I want to make sure I go to a team that wants to win. And I want to go to a city that knows how to win’,” Wilson said. “And all those three things were checked off the box here in Denver and so I think we’ve got a chance.”

Those comments rubbed Seahawks fans the wrong way in the replies, with the quote implying that Wilson didn’t think the team or the city of Seattle wanted to win with him at quarterback.

Seahawks Had Tons of Success with Russell Wilson

Despite Wilson’s comments about the Broncos wanting to win or knowing how to win, the Seahawks did plenty of winning during the Wilson era.

In 158 games as Seattle’s starter, Wilson led the Seahawks to an impressive 104-53-1 record. His 104 wins since 2012 are the second most of any quarterback in the NFL, behind only Tom Brady and ahead of the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger.

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While the Seahawks haven’t enjoyed as much postseason success during that time, Wilson has still gone 9-7 in the playoffs with back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Wilson also helped lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Wilson enjoyed plenty of personal success in Seattle as well. The 33-year-old is a nine-time Pro Bowler, including five straight appearances heading into 2022, while also being named a second-team All-Pro in 2019. His leadership and contributions both on and off the field also helped him win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2020 and the Bart Starr Award in 2022.

Despite missing the playoffs in 2021 and dealing with a finger injury, Wilson enjoyed plenty of wins in Seattle.

Who Will Replace Russell Wilson in Seattle?

With Wilson now in Denver, the Seahawks have two leading candidates to take over as the team’s starting quarterback heading into the 2022 season.

Geno Smith is the early favorite to become the starter after playing well during Wilson’s absence due to injury. He has been with the team since 2019 as Wilson’s backup, and in four games in 2021 he completed 68.4 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and one interception.

Drew Lock will be looking to beat out Smith in the QB competition. The former second-round pick was acquired in the trade that sent Wilson to the Broncos, and he’s hoping that a fresh start with a new team can help him turn his NFL career around.

The Seahawks could also make a trade for a veteran quarterback like Baker Mayfield, but unless that happens, one of the two top QBs on the roster is likely to be Seattle’s next starter.

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Richard Vert
Richard Vert
25 days ago

With Russell’s salary preparing to leap to 50 mil. next year after a new contract and DK’s to around 30 it was getting increasingly harder to maintain a supporting cast . One you could think of as a SB contender anyway . They now have the picks , players , and cap room they would need if they manage to hit on a QB in next years draft .

Steven Williams
Steven Williams
1 month ago

Hello Russell Wilson said that what he said in Seattle at a press conference what he just said in Denver and maybe a clean slate for Russell is a good thing for him in Denver

Richard Vert
Richard Vert
1 month ago

Russell wanted to go somewhere where he could be more of a driving force in the offense I think that’s obvious . And I’m fine with that . With his salary and some of the poor roster moves made by the Hawks they were stuck in the mud . A fresh start for everybody was the best move . Nobody on either side is complaining … Yet .

Steven Williams
Steven Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Vert

Russell Wilson is happy in Denver Broncos I do think Russell has the chance to bring Denver back to a championship team and bring the city of Denver Colorado another super bowl win Go broncos

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