- The Seahawks have traded nine-time Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos
- Denver’s odds to win Super Bowl 57 improved to +1200
- Broncos now have the second-best odds to win the AFC West at +250
Tuesday has been a rollercoaster of a day for Denver Broncos fans. Just a couple of hours after the team reportedly lost out on Aaron Rodgers, the Broncos have themselves another new quarterback. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos and Seahawks have struck terms on a trade sending Russell Wilson to Denver in exchange for a boatload of future draft picks and players.
Blockbuster: After weeks of negotiations, in one of the largest trades in NFL history, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have agreed to terms for a deal involving Super-Bowl winning QB Russell Wilson, sources tell ESPN.
Trade is pending a physical and Wilson’s approval. pic.twitter.com/oRFDV8Ehyx
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2022
Schefter added that Drew Lock, Noah Fant, and Shelby Harris are the three players headed from Denver to Seattle in the deal. The Seahawks also get two future first-round draft picks, two second-round picks, and a fifth-rounder. Denver will be getting an additional fourth-round pick in the trade from Seattle.
The news came shortly after it was reported that Rodgers would be returning to Green Bay on one of the most lucrative deals in NFL history. Rodgers was said to be considering a move to Denver before ultimately agreeing to a deal to stay with the Packers.
Wilson, who turned 33 in November, has spent his entire NFL career with the Seahawks. The former Pro Bowler helped turn the franchise into a perennial playoff contender during his time in Seattle, culminating with a Super Bowl title in 2014. Wilson led the Seahawks to the brink of another title the following season before throwing a game-ending interception on the goal line against the Patriots in Super Bowl 49.
Last season, Wilson completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 3,113 yards and 25 touchdowns to six interceptions. Wilson threw for at least 3,000 yards in all 10 of his seasons with the Seahawks. Two years ago, he tossed a career-high 40 touchdown passes on the most attempts of his career (558).
Wilson’s Decorated Track Record
Wilson has been remarkably durable over the course of his career, too. The former Wisconsin signal-caller started 158 of a possible 160 regular-season games with the Seahawks. Head coach Pete Carroll rolled the dice on the 5’11” QB with a third-round pick in the 2012 draft. Wilson leaves Seattle as the Seahawks’ all-time leader in passing yards, completions, and touchdown passes. Wilson was named to nine Pro Bowls in his 10 years with the team, as well.
Schefter added that Denver’s acquisition of Wilson had nothing to do with Rodgers’ decision to stay in Green Bay. Broncos GM George Paton reportedly launched trade discussions with the Seahawks several weeks ago, and the talks started to heat up over the past few days. Wilson had reportedly voiced his displeasure with his situation in Seattle over the past couple of years, which expedited his departure.
The team replaced him with Nathaniel Hackett, who had been serving as the Packers’ offensive coordinator. The Seahawks, meanwhile, went just 7-10 last season and finished dead-last in the NFC West. Wilson led Seattle to playoff appearances in eight of his 10 seasons with the franchise.
Broncos Among Super Bowl 57 Favorites
As you may expect, the trade has greatly affected the 2022 odds for both teams involved. NFL betting sites say the Broncos now have the second-best odds of any team (+250) to win the AFC West, trailing only the Kansas City Chiefs (-115). The Los Angeles Chargers fell to third (+425), with the Las Vegas Raiders (+850) bringing up the rear.
The Wilson-led Broncos have seen their odds to win Super Bowl 57 improve considerably, as well. Denver’s new +1200 odds are the fifth-best of any team in football. Only the Chiefs (+700), Bills (+700), Packers (+900), and Rams (+1100) have more favorable odds. The Seahawks’ Super Bowl 57 odds slipped to +3500, which puts them in the same neighborhood as teams like the Browns, Vikings, and Saints.
Wilson won’t have to wait much longer to make his return to Lumen Field. The Broncos are slated to play at Seattle during the 2022 regular season, though the actual date is not yet known. The NFL will unveil its full schedule for next season on May 12.
In Denver, Wilson will slot into an offense that already features plenty of talent at the skill positions. Javonte Williams, who emerged late last season, appears to be a budding star at running back. Wilson will also have three supremely talented receivers at his disposal between Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Tim Patrick. The departure of Fant takes Denver’s starting tight end out of the mix. Denver may look for his replacement via the draft. The Broncos could also hand a larger role to backup TE Albert Okwuegbunam next season.