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Amid rumors that quarterback Russell Wilson could be on the way out of Seattle, the Seahawks are looking for an offensive lineman to try to keep him around, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler.
In February, Wilson said he was “tired of getting hit all the time” (h/t Jonathan Warner of NBC Sports). The 32-year-old has been sacked 394 times in his nine seasons in the league, more than any other quarterback in that time span.
While the eight-time Pro Bowler reportedly “has not demanded a trade,” the Seahawks are apparently prepared to do what they can to keep him around.
Though he told the team that he “wants to play in Seattle,” Wilson also said he would waive his no-trade clause for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders and Chicago Bears, Schefter reported in February.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Seahawks offensive line ranked 16th in the league in pass-blocking in 2020—their highest ranking since Wilson joined the team. In contrast, the group in Dallas was incredibly limited because of injuries—though that may not matter anymore since Dak Prescott signed one of the largest quarterback deals in history to remain with the team last week.
Las Vegas was also blasted by injuries to two of its most important linemen in Richie Incognito and Trent Brown. The Saints are toward the top of the list with a No. 8 ranking, led by tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk, and the Bears ranked No. 20 but had some late-season adjustments that erred on the positive side.
The Seahawks have two open spots on the offensive line due to the retirement of left guard Mike Iupati and center Ethan Pocic, who will enter free agency. As for players to fill in, the ESPN report proposed former New York Giants player Kevin Zeitler, who played with Wilson at Wisconsin.