John Clayton is sick of Russell Wilson trade rumors: 'He's not going anywhere!'
Longtime NFL and Seahawks reporter John Clayton has had it with the speculation over Russell Wilson's future.
The ESPN Seattle reporter joined Bull & Fox on 92.3 The Fan on Thursday to discuss the league's coaching and quarterback carousels, which are already furiously picking up speed despite eight teams still vying for a Super Bowl.
On the topic of Wilson -- who first surfaced in trade rumors last offseason, when it was reported that he had supplied the team with a list of his four preferred trade destinations -- Clayton says it's still much ado about nothing.
"He's not going anywhere!" the famously mild-mannered scribe said.
Asked why the rumors persist, Clayton didn't mince words.
"Bad reporting, nationwide. ... He's only said four times he wants to finish his career here in Seattle. What more does he need to say? And if you trade him, you're now one of the worst teams in football."
Now in his fifth decade covering the league, Clayton went so far as to say the Wilson whispers amount to the "most ridiculous" story he's encountered.
"I mean, come on. I've covered this league since 1972. It's the most ridiculous story, and I've been asked about it every day since February. Every frickin' day -- and I'm sick of it. He's not going anywhere!"
While Clayton doesn't see Wilson moving anytime soon, he had a decidedly different take on another prominent name in the rumor mill -- Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh.
According to Clayton, there's more than a little smoke to Harbaugh's apparent flirtations with the Las Vegas Raiders -- and it could have have ramifications for quarterback Derek Carr, whose future in Vegas is cloudy after just two playoff appearances in his eight years as starter.
"I get the growing feeling that Jim Harbaugh is going to be maybe the coach of the Raiders," Clayton said. "Because, they just took one of the candidates who is in the Chicago Bears' mix, [Colts executive Ed Dodds], and pulled him out for GM. And he goes back with Harbaugh about 10 years ago, when Harbaugh was with the Raiders.
"So, we'll see about Derek Carr. Because I have no idea what Jim Harbaugh feels about Derek Carr."
Elsewhere, Clayton weighed in on Baker Mayfield's outlook for the 2022; the haul of draft picks the Texans might expect in a potential Deshaun Watson trade; and the market for free agent running back Rashaad Penny.
Listen to the audio file above for Clayton's full interview with Bull & Fox.