The 49ers would like nothing more than to see Russell Wilson out of the NFC West, and the Seahawks have reportedly fielded calls about him.
While the reports about Wilson being unhappy with Seattle’s front office, apparently stemming from the lack of protection built in front of him, have been going on for some time now, the general consensus is the Seahawks would have no interest in trading the 32-year-old seven-time Pro Bowler.
If anything, Wilson’s frustrations were merely a part of a proverbial “inner-office” struggle to convince the front office to make some much-needed roster changes.
Perhaps they still are.
Yet another wrinkle was thrown on the Wilson rumors when ESPN’s Dianna Russini discussed the topic on the Pat McAfee Show. And while there was some confusion initially, partially because of NFL insider Dov Kleiman saying Seattle had “made calls to other teams” with regards to a Wilson trade, Russini still added to the speculation by saying the Seahawks were at least fielding those incoming calls:
Now, this could be another ploy, this time from the Seahawks’ vantage point, to at least explore a counter.
Something like “this is what your trade market is worth, Mr. Wilson” or something along those lines.
If there’s one thing for certain, Seattle wouldn’t have been a 12-4 playoff-bound team if Wilson wasn’t in the folds.
Russell Wilson has dominated the 49ers since 2012
Why would the Niners want Wilson out of the NFC West?
Well, that’s pretty simple enough.
Over his career, Wilson owns a 14-4 regular-season record against San Francisco with a career 32-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 99.4 passer rating — the latter being the highest rating against any other team within the division.
And while the 49ers and Seahawks have only played in the postseason just once (fans won’t want to recall that game), Wilson still managed a 104.6 passer rating in that 2014 NFC Championship game showdown.
On top of that, the Seahawks have made the playoffs every year but once, 2017, since Wilson took over starting duties back in 2012.
While Wilson’s future remains unclear still and rumors like these seemingly pop up every offseason, one thing is certain: The 49ers would pay first-class tickets and cover all moving costs to get Wilson out of the NFC West.