Russell Wilson is a generous leader. He visits children’s hospitals, donates a million meals to food banks in Seattle to help him in his efforts against the coronavirus, and buys shares of Amazon for his linemen.
So when Wilson applied for adolescence for this offseason, it shouldn’t be that hard for the Seahawks to respond in kind, right?
Specifically, Wilson wanted superstars.
I think we need a few more. I think we need a few more. Jadeveon (Clowney) is a great player that we would very much like to find on our football team. He was so good in the locker room. He brought so many plays to the field. I hope we can send some other players there on defense … Free agency is very, very essential to get these superstars on your team and try to get great players who can fill the space. ”
This off-season, Seattle quickly and resolutely ignored Wilson’s request. With all due respect to the players the Seahawks have recruited, they are not superstars.
In fact, they still haven’t done the only thing Wilson asked more for additional outside help – sign Jadeveon Clowney.
None of the players with whom Seattle signed this offseason has even received a Pro Bowl vote in their careers, with the exception of triple Bowler Greg Olsen, but it’s hard to imagine that this is quite what Wilson spoke in January for several reasons. First, Wilson specifically mentioned defense, and Olsen is tight. Second, while Olsen was mostly healthy last season, he hadn’t been in the previous three years. Finally, he is 35 years old. At 35 you can be a quarterback superstar, and I guess a kicker? But it’s not like the NFL sees skill positions dominating the league at such an experienced age.
What should we do with this failure to fulfill Russell Wilson’s wishes?
It’s not like there really is a precedent here – Wilson has never been overlooked by franchise management before because he has never made such a direct request like this before.
Instead of going for a few big slices of the agency cake, the Seahawks opted to acquire the NFL equivalent of glitter and frosting.
In addition, in Seattle, it has become more difficult – not impossible – to sign Clowney and most of the others.
Ceiling Space Update: The Seahawks are now at ~ $ 13.2 million in actual ceiling space after the moves of Dorsett, Tedric and Dickson.
– Evan (@EvaninSEA) March 31, 2020
Even taking into account the $ 6 million rebate that Clowney is likely to give at its asking price in early winter. Maybe the Seahawks knew it would be; they would be the team most likely to have such a prediction. But you have to wonder if Seattle would be better with a few studs over $ 3 million for Benson Mayowa, $ 4 million for Bruce Irvin and spending for four offensive linemen.
It was urgent to acquire depth and versatility – what Pete Carroll likes – not to get defensive superstars – something Wilson said he liked.
The Seahawks could emerge from the 2020 off season without honoring Wilson’s wishes in a meaningful way in addition to getting a rebate on their best defensive player, who has no health guarantees.
Clowney has not had an off-season hernia surgery, the teams probably want to do an MRI on the knee that underwent microfracture surgery in 2014, as it is a procedure that does not always age well. https://t.co/CHybjuQh7l
– John P. Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) April 1, 2020
This does not mean that it was a bad off-season. It just didn’t live up to what Wilson had asked for.
Personally, I’m sure high school wasn’t that bad last season, unless you literally count every time the linebackers end up trying to cover the passes. In this case, Seattle deserved all passing games over 400 yards that it gave up. But acquiring Quinton Dunbar is a very important decision that should, at the very least, force the Seahawks to play less base and defend the pass a little better.
It was going to be very expensive to get defensive star power, and this month should also make the kitchen people happy, as Wilson will have yet another high-ceiling attack with a lot of speed and mastery.
Wilson is a bit talkative, although his talks have always been incredibly boring. He also said his own share of strange things over the years, that is, very little strange things. New York’s strange rumors come to mind, as well as its awkward phase when it tried to keep baseball as some sort of public save option. This most recent explosion (if you can call it anything Wilson makes an explosion) was actually a bit refreshing. It’s good to see that Wilson still cares enough about winning, even with his half a billion dollars or whatever, to suggest that he wants the team to continue to find talent.
There is almost no chance that it will cause some sort of division between Wilson and the organization. But it should be noted that unless another successful trade passes, they have absolutely not given him what he wanted this time.
I hope it works.