Russell Wilson says Seahawks tried to trade him in 2018


Russell Wilson’s 10-year run in Seattle finally came to an end this offseason with his blockbuster trade to the Broncos. But the star quarterback revealed Thursday that a split with the Seahawks almost happened four years earlier.

Wilson said the team tried to trade him in 2018 to the Browns for the No. 1 overall pick, but Cleveland wasn’t interested. Wilson didn’t suggest he had any hard feelings about it, attributing the status quo to the NFL.

“Certainly they tried, a few times, to see what was going on,” Wilson said, per ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “It’s part of the business, being a professional and all that…I believe in my talents, in who I am, I feel like I’m one of the best in the world.”

After no trade was executed, Wilson’s agent negotiated a four-year, $140 million contract extension later in the spring, which included a no-trade clause, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson. . Now with the Broncos, Wilson is confident he still has the talent to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league and enters the season with something to prove.

“I think every year you have to prove that (you’re one of the best)… You want your career to reflect being one of the best in the world, so I think the first 10 years were a positive reflection,” Wilson said. “But there is more to do, a lot more to do.”

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