Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to explore options

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wants to explore his options this offseason, sources told NFL Network.

Wilson has not demanded a trade, per Sunday’s report, but he intends to investigate other destinations that might give him a better shot at winning another championship.

Prior to the Seahawks’ Week 18 win at Arizona, Wilson said his plan was to win more Super Bowls with Seattle.

“For me, I think what I’m really super passionate about obviously, my goal is to win more Super Bowls,” Wilson said. “And my plan is to win them here. It’s that simple. There’s nothing really else other than that.”

Wilson, 33, made 14 starts in 2021, missing games for the first time in his 10-year career due to injury. He passed for a career-low 3,113 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He signed a four-year, $140 million extension in April 2019 that comes with a $37 million salary cap hit in 2022.

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Dec 21, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson on future with Seahawks: ‘You never know’

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been the subject of multiple trade scenario discussions by media and fans this season. And even though no movement for the quarterback has manifested, the seven-time Pro Bowler isn’t exactly throwing cold water on the idea.

In a news conference held with the media this week via Zoom, Wilson said, “I think that you never know … I know for me personally, I hope it’s not my last game. But at the same time, I know it won’t be my last game in the NFL.

“So I’m just focused on the day and getting better today. And so that’s my focus. That’s my goal. I love this city, and I love this moment. I love these guys. And so we’ve got to make sure we get better today. That’s the only thing that matters.”

Wilson, 33, has two years remaining on a contract that will pay him an average of $35 million. A departure would require an outright release — unlikely with a $26 million dead cap hit in 2022 — or a trade, which would be most likely to occur prior to March 20, the fifth day of the new league year, when he is due a $5 million roster bonus.

If a trade is in the offing, that would leave Sunday’s game with the Detroit Lions as Wilson’s final home game as a Seahawk since he was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, a tenure of ten seasons.

Wilson has started nearly every game of that run, missing only three games earlier this season after he suffered a ruptured tendon and dislocation of his right middle finger in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams.

The one-time Super Bowl champion has had one of his worst statistical seasons of his career, throwing for 2,639 yards with 18 touchdowns on 64.9 percent passing. He did express that he feels his stated pursuit of more Super Bowl victories remains possible in Seattle.

“Obviously we can’t do it not being in the playoffs right now,” Wilson said. “But I think that most importantly is it takes a lot of effort, takes a lot of things. It takes a lot of pieces and I think that we have a good amount of those pieces. A lot of them.”

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Dec 5, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) participates in early pregame warmups against the San Francisco 49ers at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson Next Team Odds: Broncos, Giants lead pack

With the Seahawks tied for the second-worst record in the NFC at 4-8, quarterback Russell Wilson’s future in Seattle continues to be a topic of debate.

Wilson, 33, is under contract with the team through 2023. However, there were rumors last offseason that he was frustrated with the direction of the team and open to a trade — but only to a handful of select teams.

Should the sides part ways this offseason, SportsBetting.ag is offering odds on 15 potential destinations.

Leading the ways is the Denver Broncos (+300), who are 6-6 and still in playoff contention with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm. The next-shortest odds belong to the 4-8 New York Giants (+500), who have yet to see the desired growth in Year 3 from former No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones.

Russell Wilson Next Team Odds
Broncos: +300
Giants: +500
Washington: +700
Saints: +700
Steelers: +700
Dolphins: +800
Eagles: +800
Panthers: +900
Falcons: +1200
Packers: +1200
Raiders: +1400
Bears: +1600
Jets: +1600
Texans: +1600
Lions: +2000

The Seahawks brought in new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron this season, but the former Los Angeles Rams assistant hasn’t provided the desired spark. Seattle is ranked 31st in the NFL with an average of 298.3 yards per game.

Wilson missed three games due to a ruptured tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand. He has thrown for 2,042 yards with 14 touchdowns against only four interceptions this season.

After struggling with his accuracy in his first two games back, Wilson completed 81.1 percent of his passes while throwing two touchdowns and one pick in last week’s 30-23 victory over San Francisco.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are being offered at +700 by SportsBetting.ag as a potential destination for Wilson next season. The Steelers are on the fringe of playoff contention at 6-6-1, with the team expected to move on from Ben Roethlisberger after the season.

The sportsbook also is offering odds on who will open next season as Pittsburgh’s quarterback.

Steelers Starting QB Week 1 of 2022:
FA Signing: +125
QB Added via Trade: +125
Draft Pick: +240
Mason Rudolph: +750
Ben Roethlisberger: +1000
Dwayne Haskins: +1400

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Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) before the game against the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Taysom Hill (finger) could be in line for surgery

New Orleans Saints versatile weapon Taysom Hill may have sustained a torn tendon in his middle finger on his throwing hand that could require surgery, NFL Network reported Friday.

Hill’s injury is feared to be similar to the one that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sustained against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 7. Wilson missed the Seahawks’ next three games before returning following the team’s bye.

Hill sustained the injury early in the Saints’ 27-17 setback to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. He played through the injury while wearing a splint on his finger, however he threw four interceptions — including one that was returned for a touchdown.

“It’s not broken,” Hill said. “I don’t know exactly what it is.”

Hill completed 19 of 41 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans’ fifth straight setback.

Hill, 31, has completed just 26 of 49 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He also has rushed for 205 yards and three scores and had four catches for 52 yards.

Trevor Siemian and rookie Ian Book are options for the Saints (5-7) should Hill be sidelined.

New Orleans next faces the host New York Jets on Dec. 12.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) signs autographs during pregame warmups against the New Orleans Saints at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Doc clears Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to return

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has received medical clearance to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Dr. Steve Shin, who performed the surgery on Wilson’s throwing hand on Oct. 8, gave the OK for his return.

“Although this was uncharted territory (I have never in my career seen such a severe injury to the hand of an NFL quarterback), I have also never encountered a player so committed to his postoperative therapy,” Shin said via a statement released by the team. “I am absolutely amazed at his progress, so much so that I can now confidently clear him for full return to play without reservation.”

Wilson, 32, ruptured a tendon in the middle finger of his right hand when he slammed it against Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s helmet on Oct. 7. He had a pin removed from the finger last Monday.

The Seahawks (3-5) are coming off a bye week. Seattle has gone 1-2 with backup Geno Smith under center, including a 31-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8.

Wilson had started 149 consecutive games before the injury. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has completed 72.0 percent of his passes this year for 1,196 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception in five games.

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Oct 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson has pin removed from injured finger

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a pin removed from his injured right middle finger, a key step that could portend his return to the field later this month.

Wilson showed off a picture of the pin on social media Monday with the caption, “No more Pin. Time to Win.”

Wilson’s finger broke when he banged it against Aaron Donald’s arm during an Oct. 7 game against the Los Angeles Rams, and he had it surgically repaired the following day. The injury caused him to miss games for the first time in his NFL career, ending a 149-game iron man streak.

Geno Smith has served as Seattle’s quarterback since then. The Seahawks are 1-2 in Smith’s starts, including Sunday’s 31-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars that brought the team to 3-5.

Week 9 is Seattle’s bye week, so the question becomes whether Wilson will be ready to return in time for the next game Nov. 14 at the Green Bay Packers. Wilson can be activated from injured reserve now that he has stayed on it for the required three-game minimum.

Ironically, Wilson posted the pin picture shortly after coach Pete Carroll told reporters he didn’t know when it was coming out.

“Really, we’re just kind of hoping for the best in terms of his return and that everything is handled really well as we get him in the mode where he starts to use his hand and his finger with the football and all that. So we’ve just got to do a good job and see what happens. There’s no updates as of now.”

Wilson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, led Seattle to two Super Bowl appearances, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll: Seahawks have talked with Cam Newton

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday the team reached out to free agent Cam Newton after fellow quarterback Russell Wilson sustained a finger injury.

Carroll, however, appeared to qualify his admission to 710 ESPN Seattle as the team essentially doing its homework on all available quarterbacks.

“Just so you know, we have talked to him. We’re talking to everybody that could help us,” Carroll said.

Newton, a former NFL Most Valuable Player, has been out of work since the New England Patriots released him on Aug. 31. The Patriots opted to go with first-round pick Mac Jones as their starting quarterback.

One impediment to his return had been his COVID-19 vaccination status, however Newton said in a video he posted to YouTube Sunday night that he now is vaccinated. Players who aren’t vaccinated face a five-day waiting period between signing with a team and reporting for duty.

Newton, 32, has passed for 31,698 yards and 190 touchdowns and rushed for 5,398 yards and 70 TDs in 140 games (139 starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2011-19) and Patriots. He won MVP honors and guided the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015 season.

Geno Smith threw for 209 yards in the Seahawks’ 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. His fumble in the waning minutes of overtime led to Chris Boswell’s game-winning 37-yard field goal.

During Seattle’s 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 7, Wilson sustained a ruptured tendon and a fracture-dislocation of the middle finger on his throwing hand. He had surgery the following day, with a reported timetable of four to eight weeks to return.

Wilson, 32, had not missed a game since entering the league in 2012. His ironman streak of 149 consecutive games officially ended on Sunday.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) returns to the sideline following a series against the Los Angeles Rams the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson headed to injured reserve

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said quarterback Russell Wilson would be placed on injured reserve with a finger injury.

During last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams Oct. 7, Wilson suffered a ruptured tendon and a fracture-dislocation of the middle finger on his throwing hand. He had surgery the following day, with a reported timetable of four to eight weeks to return.

“That’s what’s coming up, yeah,” Carroll said Friday when asked whether the team was planning to move Wilson to IR.

Players on IR must sit out a minimum of three weeks. Wilson will miss the Seahawks’ games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars. Then Seattle has a bye week, meaning the earliest Wilson can return to the field would be a Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Wilson, 32, has not missed a game since entering the league in 2012. His ironman streak of 149 consecutive games officially will end Sunday when Seattle faces Pittsburgh. Geno Smith has been tapped to start in Wilson’s absence.

Starting running back Chris Carson (neck) was ruled out for the second straight game after not practicing all week. Carroll said the Seahawks were still considering whether Carson would need to be moved to IR.

Alex Collins started in Carson’s place last week and is likely to get the majority of the work in Week 6.

–Field Level Media