NFL Rumors: Seattle Mayor Gets Involved In Russell Wilson Drama

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The trade drama surrounding Russell Wilson is now getting political.

After weeks of rumors that the Seattle Seahawks quarterback may be angling for a trade after a falling out with the team's front office, the city's mayor stepped in with an apparent warning to a rival city looking to court him.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan responded to a public recruiting pitch from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, telling her to back off the Pro Bowler. Her warning comes amid growing reports that Wilson could be playing elsewhere in 2021.

Wilson Reportedly On Trade Block

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Reports have indicated that Wilson broached the idea of a trade after a falling out with Seattle's front office. As The Inquisitr reported, a former teammate believes that Wilson may be looking for a soft exit from the team that drafted him in 2012.

"Russell Wilson is trying to figure out how to move on in a classy way,'' former wide receiver Brandon Marshall said last month on the FS1 show First Things First, via Twitter. "That's what I truly believe.''

Cantrell Wants Him To Come To New Orleans

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Cantrell made a public pitch to Wilson, posting a video to Twitter welcoming him and his wife Ciara to the Big Easy should he decide to find a new home. 

It's not clear if Wilson intends to follow through on his exploration of a trade -- and some reports have indicated that he will ultimately stay in Seattle -- but the Saints could offer an interesting possibility as the team is reportedly going through its own quarterback transition in the coming offseason. 

Saints Quarterback Likely To Retire

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Cantrell's pitch to Wilson comes amid reports that longtime Saints quarterback Drew Brees is retiring this offseason after 20 seasons in the league.

Brees led the Saints to the divisional round of the playoffs, where the team fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There is no clear path forward for the Saints should Brees hang up the cleats, with widespread speculation on who the team could choose as his replacement. 

Brees has not yet announced his plans for the upcoming season.

Seattle Mayor Responds

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The pitch didn't seem to go over very well with Durkan, who took to Twitter to share a response and an apparent warning. In telling the New Orleans mayor to back off Wilson, Durkan made a reference to the basketball team that Seattle lost to relocation.

There have been rumors that the New Orleans Pelicans could relocate, and Durkan reminded Cantrell that Seattle residents would like to have an NBA team back one day -- an apparent warning that the Pelicans could be in play.