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Russell Wilson was reportedly given special treatment by Pete Carroll early in his Seahawks career

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Since the Seattle Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos this offseason, all the stories about his rocky relationship with the team went like clockwork.

One such story came from former Seahawks defenseman Richard Sherman and linebacker C. J. Wright. The couple discussed Wilson’s stay in Seattle on Richard Sherman Podcast this week, where both explained that Wilson enjoyed special treatment during his early years with the Seahawks.

“He wasn’t held to the same accountability as the rest of us,” Wright said.

“When you have 52 guys who are held to a certain standard and you have one guy who is not up to the standard, it will cause some friction,” Sherman added.

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Sherman added that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll chided the defense in meetings when they didn’t play well, but didn’t call Wilson until he was older. All hostility came to a head in 2015 after the Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, when the team had to choose between a long-term Wilson extension or keeping the defense.

“After a while, it had to get to the point where he picked Russ or the defense,” Sherman said, “and after losing the Super Bowl, he sort of made it clear who he was picking.”

In 2015, the Seahawks signed Wilson to a four-year, $87.6 million extension, making him the second highest paid quarterback in the NFL at the time. Gradually, the rest of the core parts of the team were dropped, and by 2018 the defense had lost most of their best players, including Sherman and linebackers Michael Bennett and Cliff Abril.

These losses, according to Wright and Sherman, led to increased pressure on Wilson, which ultimately undermined Wilson’s own feelings for the franchise.

“And that’s what happens when you make that decision,” Sherman said. “They put that pressure on him… And now it’s up to the quarterback to make this thing work. And when that didn’t work, there was pressure from all sides. And then you saw the separation.

Wilson’s divorce from the Seahawks was widely discussed following his off-season departure. His frustration with the franchise and Carroll lasted for years, and the team reportedly considered other quarterback prospects as early as the 2017 draft. But when Wilson returned to Seattle with the Broncos in the first week and lost, Carroll had the last laugh.

“So when you talk about who won the split between Russ and Coach Carroll, it’s clearly Coach Carroll,” Wright said. “He won. He put the city on his back. He got former players to come to the game. And then it’s easy, Russ.”

Russell Wilson was not prosecuted in the same way as other players in Seattle.  (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Russell Wilson was not prosecuted in the same way as other players in Seattle. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)


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