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Report: Russell Wilson Reignites Trade Speculation, Wants to 'Explore His Options' This Offseason

Seahawks fans hoping for a calmer offseason than last are in for a rude awakening on Sunday morning. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, quarterback Russell Wilson is prepared to "explore his options" when it comes to leaving the Pacific Northwest.

Able to cap off an otherwise disastrous season on a high note with back-to-back convincing wins, the Seahawks look poised to give their current organizational structure one more run in 2022. However, star quarterback Russell Wilson may have other plans.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, sources close to Wilson, who turned 33 in late November, is seeking to gauge the market this offseason and determine whether or not he wishes to remain in the Pacific Northwest. 

"Wilson has not demanded a trade, and it's not clear if he will," Rapoport added in his Sunday morning piece on "But at the least, those close to Wilson say he wants to investigate other destinations to see if those would put him in a better position to win another championship and create the legacy he sees for himself."

This, of course, isn't new for Wilson. The entire 2021 offseason was dominated with headlines depicting a rift between the quarterback and Seattle's front office, which was kicked into overdrive when his agent, Mark Rodgers, provided four preferred trade destinations—Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans and Las Vegas—to Adam Schefter of ESPN

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In the end, conversations were had and the rumors were ultimately downplayed by both Wilson and the franchise, though speculation has naturally ramped back up given the outcome of this past season.