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Sep 20, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

The Texans’ Deshaun Watson isn’t the National Football League’s only frustrated superstar quarterback.

It turns out that Seattle’s Russell Wilson is going through his own issues with the Seahawks’ inability to protect him. First revealed by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports on Monday night, with La Canfora noting that Wilson’s frustration was leading to a situation that “warrants serious monitoring.” We are indeed entering silly season, so raising your eyebrows at this only felt natural, but Wilson did not downplay those rumors in any way during a Tuesday media session.

“I’m frustrated [about] getting hit too much,” Wilson, who has taken a league-record 394 times through his first nine NFL seasons, admitted. “I’m frustrated with that part of it. At the end of the day, you want to win.”

The 32-year-old Wilson was just as candid during his interview on The Dan Patrick Show, too. Asked outright by Patrick if he believes the Seahawks have received calls on him, Wilson said that he ‘definitely’ believed that teams have called on him, saying, “any time you’re a player that tries to produce every week and has done it consistently, people are gonna call for sure.”

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 13: Head coach Bill Belichick shakes hands with Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks after a game at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

In addition to a 98-45-1 record as Seattle’s starter since 2012, the 5-foot-11 has thrown at least 31 touchdowns in five of his last six seasons (including a career-best 40 touchdowns last season), and his 4,212 passing yards in 2020 were just seven yards shy of matching a career-high set in 2016.

The eight-time Pro Bowler also talked to Patrick about his desire to be more involved in his team’s personnel decisions.

“I want to be able to be involved [in those decisions] because at the end of the day, it’s your legacy, it’s your team’s legacy, and it’s the guys you get to go into the huddle with and at the end of the day, those guys you’ve got to trust,” Wilson, who referenced Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as guys who had input on personnel moves, said. “I think for me, any time you bring free agents in or other players, you want the best players, guys who love the game, guys who want to be a part of that.”

Wilson then said “not as much” when asked if he’s been given that opportunity in Seattle, and offered a just-as-blunt “that’s a Seahawks question” when asked if he believes that the Seahawks are shopping him on the trade market.

And while Wilson’s brutally honest approach to his situation is welcomed, it’s worth mentioning that the Seahawks have already made it known that there’s ‘no chance’ that they’ll trade Wilson. Wilson also seems unlikely go full Watson on the Seahawks, as he noted that he wants to be in Seattle for the rest of his career, which he wants to last another “10 to 15 years.”

But if the situation becomes untenable, there’s no doubt that the line of interested teams will stretch all the way to Foxborough.

Wilson is in the middle of a four-year, $140 extension signed in 2019, which comes with a full no-trade clause.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.