While the NFL world waits to find out if the Seattle Seahawks will trade for Baker Mayfield, another pressing matter concerning the franchise caused the owner to release a statement on Tuesday.

Ever since longtime Portland Trail Blazers and Seahawks owner Paul Allen passed away in 2018, there has been speculation about what would happen to those NBA and NFL franchises. Recently that speculation has ramped up, especially after Nike founder Phil Knight reportedly made an offer for the Blazers. However, Jody Allen, the chair of the Blazers and Seahawks, released a statement on Tuesday that effectively ended that discussion, at least for now.

“As chair of both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks, my long-term focus is building championship teams that our communities are proud of, “wrote Allen. “Like my brother Paul, I trust and expect our leaders and coaches to build winning teams that deliver results on and off the court and field.

As we’ve stated before, neither of the teams is for sale and there are no sales discussions happening.”

A time will come when that changes given Paul’s plans to dedicate the vast majority of his wealth to philanthropy, but estates of this size and complexity can take 10 to 20 years to wind down. There is no pre-ordained timeline by which the teams must be sold.”

Until then, my focus — and that of our teams — is on winning.”

That news should ease the concerns of Blazers fans and Seahawks fans, at least for now. However, that third paragraph certainly leaves the door open for sales in the future.

In the meantime, plenty of fans and media members shared their reactions to the statement and what happens next.

[Seattle Seahawks]

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Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.