New Seahawks Offensive Lineman Feels No Pressure to Protect Russell Wilson

Published 03/31/2021, 11:50 AM EDT
Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Wilson looks like he will stay put in Seattle. The former Super Bowl MVP made his feelings clear about the frustrations he had with the franchise, not that he didn’t have enough protection.

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The statements sent the league into a frenzy, as many believing this was him, signaling that he wanted to leave. However, the Seahawks have chosen to keep him and provide him with some more protection.

The Seattle Seahawks signed offensive lineman Gabe Jackson. Jackson was previously playing for the Las Vegas Raiders. When asked about coming to the Seahawks and whether he feels any pressure, Jackson was cool.

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He doesn’t see protecting Russell Wilson to be anything he needs to be overly worried about and knows he can handle it when he takes to the field.

Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

“I wouldn’t say that. I mean, as an offensive lineman or a player in general I feel like you’re always under a microscope. But the best thing you can do is just be yourself and work hard, take coaching and just do your best and if you do everything right, you train right, you practice right and all that, I mean it will pay off on Sundays. Just do the small things.”

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Russell Wilson still unhappy with the franchise

The arrival of Jackson will be a big relief for the Seahawks. The lack of protection in the offensive line for Russell Wilson had become a bone of contention between Wilson and the Seahawks.

And the issue almost led to Wilson leaving the franchise in search of greener pastures. However, this signing goes a long way in improving the relationship between Seattle and Wilson.

Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister (86) celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after catching a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks will have to improve their roster further to keep Wilson happy. Since their incredible 2014 Super Bowl run, the franchise has not been able to refresh its core group of players.

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Surrounding Wilson with the right players could be vital in not just keeping Wilson happy, but also making strides as far as progressing in the league is concerned.

Will Russell Wilson decide to stay in Seattle? The new signing will be encouraging. But until the Seahawks show commitment to improving their team to help him, the relationship will remain dicey between the two parties.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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