INDIANAPOLIS — Ever since the 2021 offseason, the Seahawks and Russell Wilson have been embroiled in trading speculation. However, nothing ever came to fruition from that as Wilson continued to play it out. Then, the rumors popped up again on the rumor mill of the 2022 offseason. As such, Carroll was asked to address such rumors on Wednesday.
Not only did he address those rumors, but he also shot them down with authority. Carroll went into this press conference with a goal, and it is clear, the Seahawks are not trading Wilson.
“What John says is, ‘We are not shopping the quarterback.’ That’s what he tells them,” Carroll said. “He has talked to other teams. Because of all the media rumors, the other teams think that something is going on.”
Carroll acknowledges that the Seahawks received several calls about Wilson. He is a marquee quarterback and there is plenty of speculation about his future. However, there are never actually any teeth to those discussions according to Carroll. The Seahawks have no intention of moving Wilson.
“We talk about everybody and it’s commonplace to have conversations with other teams about all of the players, particularly marquee players, and that’s not changed,” Carroll said. “It’s been the same every year we have been here, so it’s the same as it’s been. We have no intention of making a move there. But the conversations, John has to field those. He always has. But nothing specific to talk on the Russ front.”
This essentially takes Wilson out of the conversation for the Steelers. While it was unlikely they would give up the compensation required to get Wilson anyways, the Steelers now have confirmation that Wilson is off the market. They could still add a veteran quarterback, but they are unlikely to make the big splash that Wilson would bring.