Seahawks’ Russell Wilson speaks out for first time on trade rumors: ‘I’ve always wanted to play here’


Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was at the front-and-center of trade rumors for a large portion of the NFL offseason, especially after he publicly voiced his frustrations with the team. On Thursday he offered a new message for the media and fans.

Wilson spoke to reporters on Thursday at Seahawks OTAs and he addressed the reports that he wanted to leave Seattle, and he even reportedly provided the team a list of destinations where he’d like to be traded to, including the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, and Dallas Cowboys.

On Thursday, Wilson said that he never requested a trade and he loves Seattle. He added that everything got “a little bit blown out of proportion.”

“I love playing here,” Wilson said. “I’ve had a great career here so far. I’ve always wanted to play here for my whole career, obviously. I think there were some unfortunate frustrations after the season. Obviously, you want to win it all and do it all, and do everything you can. I think everybody on our team does. We all want to win it.