Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has disputed Russell Wilson's version of his blockbuster trade to Denver and says the new priority should be working out an extension for the team's star wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.
Fans of the Seahawks, who are 70/1 to win Super Bowl LVII, have been fearing an exodus of talent in the wake of Wilson's departure with Super Bowl-winning linebacker Bobby Wagner also released in the offseason.
It's unlikely that Seattle's 70-year-old coach would hang around for any lengthy rebuild and Carroll has urged all parties to come together and resolve Metcalf's future as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
"It's really important to us," Carroll told 93.3 KJR on Tuesday, via the Tacoma News Tribune's Gregg Bell. "We love him. He maybe will go down as one of the great draft picks we've ever had here.
"We are going to do everything we can to get it done."
The second-round draft pick has developed into one of the top receiving threats in the NFL during his three seasons in Seattle and looks to be in a string bargaining position after posting a 12-touchdown 2021 season in which he also had 75 catches for 967 yards receiving.
Carroll also said his piece about trading Wilson to the Broncos, which the quarterback had suggested was a mutual decision when he was introduced to the media in Denver last week.
"I had no intention of making a move at all while guys were under contract, and we were pleased with what was going on and all," Carroll explained during an appearance on Seattle Sports 710.
"So, I fought for the logic of that for a good while until it wasn't meaningful anymore to stick with that."