Seahawks release three statements claiming Russell Wilson wanted out, new Broncos QB says breakup was mutual

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The Seattle Seahawks are preparing for life without star quarterback Russell Wilson, who led the franchise for the last decade and won Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos in a blockbuster trade that included multiple players and first-round picks. On Wednesday, the Seahawks released three statements: one from team owner Jody Allen, one from head coach Pete Carroll and one from general manager John Schneider. While all three thanked Wilson for what he brought to the franchise, all three statements shared another theme.

All three statements claimed Wilson wanted this change of scenery. Allen said the quarterback “made it clear he wanted this change,” Carroll said Wilson had a “desire in doing something different,” and Schneider said it was “evident that Russell was interested in playing somewhere else.” 

You can read all three statements in their entirety, below.

During Wilson’s Broncos’ introductory press conference Wednesday, he was asked about the Seahawks putting out these statements claiming he initiated the trade. Wilson responded with a big smile.

“I didn’t initiate it. It was definitely mutual.

“We’ll have to read about it later, we’ll have some fun maybe with my book one day, we’ll have some good stories.”

The Seahawks clearly wanted to push the point that it was Wilson who wanted this change, and that they were working to fulfill his request. It’s unlikely this will be something the two sides go back and forth on, but it does sound like —  as Wilson alluded to — that the truth will come out eventually.

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