Can Pete Carroll-Coached Seattle Seahawks Save Their Relationship with Russell Wilson?

Published 03/16/2021, 11:39 AM EDT
Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The NFL free agency period has seen multiple big-name players secure moves away from their teams. Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots in particular have been busy since Monday signing the likes of Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Jonnu Smith, and others. One team that has been quiet on the trade market in recent weeks is the Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks.

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Nov 15, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Pete Carroll-coached franchise is working on a tight budget heading into the 2021 NFL season. As per Overthecap.com, Seattle Seahawks currently have an estimated $4.391 million in cap space.

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They need to bring in some strong performers to strengthen their offensive line or they might risk losing their greatest asset in quarterback Russell Wilson.

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Speaking on the latest segment of First Things First on Monday, NFL wide receiver-turned-analyst Brandon Marshall highlighted what coach Carroll must do in order to convince Russell Wilson to stay put in Emerald City, at least for another year.

He said, “So the thing that needs to happen for them to get past this is Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson have to become partners, Russell Wilson makes way more money than Pete Carroll. Like this is bigger than just a coach and a player relationship.

“This needs to be a partnership. Now, not every player has this right? Not every player has this privilege. But when you’re talking about Russell Wilson, and how much he means to this organization, you guys really have to give him a seat at the table,” Marshall said on the show.

‘DangeRuss’ Wilson hungry for another Super Bowl ring

The former Atlanta Falcons star did not stop there. He went on to add that Wilson will not be happy to sit back and watch his colleagues like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady win major accolades, even though they’re on the wrong side of 30.

“Russell Wilson is putting pressure on Seattle right now to make it right because he sees everybody else achieving things at a high level, and don’t get it twisted, he wants to be right in all of those discussions on television.

“He wants all the awards you want to win Super Bowls, and like I said earlier, he wants to do it in high fashion,” Marshall concluded.

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Sep 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson was one of the top-performing quarterbacks in the league last season. He concluded the regular season with 4,212 passing yards, 40 passing TDs against 13 interceptions. He was in the running for league MVP but ultimately lost out to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

Can Russell Wilson put his struggles from the past few seasons behind him and lead the Seahawks to Super Bowl glory in 2021?

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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