Panthers Close Door on Russell Wilson Free Agency Bid, Confirms Head Coach Dave Canales


One NFL team has ruled out pursuing Russell Wilson when he becomes a free agent on March 13th.

Dave Canales, the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, made this declaration during an interview on the “Up & Adams” show with Kay Adams. 

Canales indicated that his team would not be partaking in the potential competition for Wilson’s services, particularly amid the expectation that the Denver Broncos will release him following his tumultuous two seasons with the team.

“This is not the suitable situation for Russ,” Canales stated frankly.

Canales: Seahawks Link and Wilson’s Successor

DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 31: Russell Wilson #3 of the Denver Broncos looks on from the sideline during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High on December 31, 2023 in Denver, Colorado.

Canales has a professional connection with Wilson, primarily due to his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks, the team with which Wilson achieved Super Bowl victory and led the offense from 2012 to 2021 before being traded to the Broncos.

Joining the Seahawks in 2010, Canales remained with the team until the 2022 season. 

During his tenure, he contributed to the development of Geno Smith, Wilson’s successor, who went on to receive the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

In 2023, Canales transitioned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their offensive coordinator. Following a successful season with Baker Mayfield at the helm, he assumed the head coaching position with the Panthers.

Canales Praises Wilson Amid Criticisms

Despite the criticisms directed at Wilson since the Broncos announced their plans to part ways with him and absorb a significant portion of his contract, Canales commended his former colleague, acknowledging their close working relationship.

Canales’ response to Adams’ question is anticipated, given the recent selection of Bryce Young as the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft by the Panthers. 

Meanwhile, Wilson remains a coveted target for numerous quarterback-needy teams in the NFL. In a recent appearance on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast, he expressed his desire to win additional Super Bowls before retiring from his career.

Teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, and others may vie for Wilson’s services once the new league year commences on March 13th. 

Additionally, the Broncos are reportedly permitting Wilson to engage with teams now, providing an early start to free agency negotiations.

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