Dunlap: Russell Wilson Assured He Will Stay With Seahawks

Russell Wilson‘s agent listed four teams that would be acceptable trade destinations, and the one of those franchises (the Bears) proceeded down that path. However, one of the Seahawks’ recent signings indicated the superstar quarterback plans to play next season in Seattle.

Despite being released earlier this offseason, Carlos Dunlap re-signed with the Seahawks on March 25. The veteran defensive end, a 2020 Seahawks trade acquisition, confirmed he asked Wilson if he would be back next season. Wilson assured Dunlap he would.

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, via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. “And he told me that he’s with us and that he’s here to stay.”

Wilson is one of the few NFLers who can control his own fate, being in possession of a no-trade clause. If the 32-year-old passer intends to return, the Seahawks will surely accept that and move forward with another Wilson-centric team. While the Wilson trade rumors may not stop because of this, there has been some movement since the rumblings started in February.

The nine-year Seattle starter went public about his issues with the team, pinpointing offensive line issues publicly. He also wanted a greater say in how the team proceeded with its offensive coordinator search. The Seahawks did bring in a notable outside O-lineman, in ex-Raider guard Gabe Jackson, and included Wilson in an OC search that ended with Shane Waldron. Following a report indicating Wilson and Pete Carroll butted heads last season, the quarterback and head coach have spoken periodically this offseason as well. And the Bears’ efforts to acquire Wilson proved ineffective.

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  1. amk1920

    Who does Carlos Dunlap think he is? He plays in the same division as Aaron Donald, Nick Bosa, Chandler Jones, JJ Watt and many other better defensive players. Dude really believes he is some hot commodity that needs to check on Russell Wilson before re-signing.

  2. easyw

    This roster is a disaster. They have three…(3!!) draft picks in 2021, the first of which is not until ~56/57.

    Russ is correct on the line and fingers need to be pointed at their talent evaluators. For a front office that drafted numerous all pro defenders, they have been equally poor in drafting protection for Wilson. James Carpenter, anyone?

    Maybe Jamal Adams can play LT?

    • 24TheKid

      In no way is this roster a disaster. Offense has improved during the offseason, and while the defense has lost two key members they’ve added depth while still having the option to make more moves.

      • easyw

        DK Metcalf fan here. I’m glad you have rose colored lenses in your bifocals.

        • 24TheKid

          If you think a 12-4 team with an elite QB and one of best young offensive players in the NFL has a disastrous roster then there’s clearly nothing I can say that you’ll agree with.

    • Easy w- pick 56/57? That’s about where John starts his draft every yr! If the JS/PC era Seahawks had a track record of success with their early picks in the draft I might worry but they don’t. Since they’re often able to extract value from the latter rounds I’d expect that 56/57 pick to be traded for additional picks

      • easyw

        I agree with you wholeheartedly, but in weeks 6-10 when the injuries start to pile up on the offensive line and 35 y/o Duane Brown can’t give Russ 3 seconds of protection when he’s trying to cook we can revisit this discussion.

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