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Clayton: The big news from Seahawks, NFC West as combine begins

Mar 2, 2022, 4:11 PM
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Russell Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks on the field for warm-ups before the game against the Detroit Lions at Lumen Field. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Wednesday was a big news day for the Seahawks and the rest of the NFC West.

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The biggest news came from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. This was his first public availability since the end of the regular season. He said the quarterback is not being shopped. Those six words mean Russell Wilson won’t be going to another team in a trade. So many national reporters kept the trade talk alive since last offseason. It wasn’t going to happen and Seahawks general manager John Schneider confirmed it.

It never made any sense. Why would the Seahawks take a $31 million dead cap hit and give up with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL? They wouldn’t find one as good as Wilson. Still, the talk from around the country wouldn’t go away. In 50 years of covering this league, it was one of the most annoying stories I’ve been around.

Wilson stays with the Seahawks and he kept saying he wanted to stay here in Seattle and win Super Bowls. No one outside of Seattle seemed to listen.

There is more news in the division. Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim each received five-year extensions. That means they can be part of the team until 2027. The big thing with the Kingsbury signing is he has the same agent as quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray is trying to get a $40-plus million contract but with the same agent as the coach who needs him, you would think that would prevent any kind of trade.

Murray stays with the Cardinals.

The third one is troubling. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is having shoulder surgery. He won’t be able to throw for 16 weeks. That takes him almost to the end of training camp. You would have to think that will have a negative impact on his trade value. How many teams would be willing to give up a good draft choice or two to et a quarterback who has a cap clos to $27 million when he won’t be able to take part in OTAs, minicamp and training camp. It won’t be easy.

That is a hinderance to the 49ers.

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