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Broncos Score Russell Wilson In Trade With Seahawks

We didn’t believe it could really happen, but it has. The Seattle Seahawks have traded star quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

That’s worth repeating: Wilson is headed to Denver. This on the same day it became known that Aaron Rodgers is headed back to the Packers. The Broncos really wanted Rodgers, but hey, you can’t be disappointed with Wilson.

Per NFL insider Dov Kleiman, the Broncos are sending a massive package back to the Seahawks: a first-round pick, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, QB Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant. In exchange, the Broncos get Wilson and a fourth-rounder.

And yes, the Rodgers and Wilson moves were related.

“Wilson had expressed frustration with the Seahawks since last offseason. And now, he lands with the Broncos, who already had a strong roster that just needed a legit quarterback,” wrote Darryl Slater of NJ.com. “Rodgers considered a trade to the Broncos (and also considered retirement) before deciding to stay with the Packers. Instead of Rodgers, the Broncos landed Wilson.”

Either way, this is quite an upgrade for Denver, which started either Teddy Bridgewater or Lock at QB last season. Those guys aren’t bad, but they’re not going to win you any Super Bowls. Or even make the playoffs.

Wilson, who has been the face of the Seahawks for a decade, could help change all that, giving the Broncos their first star at the position since the Peyton Manning days.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at Hoopswire.com, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.

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    • NFL is all about the QB. Bengals fan know this. After 6 years of misery after Peyton Manning – Broncos could not give up enough in my opinion to get a top tier QB. It gives them a chance to win every single Sunday now. As it’s because of the AFC West they had to do something…..or continue to be related to finishing last every year.

    • They actually gave up 2 – 1st round picks, one this draft and one next. A lot to give up but I think it works for both sides. Broncos have a playoff ready roster and desperately needed a QB to be able compete in that division. Seattle would have had to keep Russ on a borderline playoff team for another 2-3 years until they could rebuild into contenders. Denver gets a SB caliber QB and Seattle can start the rebuild now.

    • I looked it up. Their most recent playoff win was the 2018-19 season. Only missed the playoffs twice (including this past season) since they lost on the final play to the Patriots in the 2013-14 SB season.

      Winner in this is gonna depend on what Seattle does with the picks but I think you know more of what you have with Russ and it at least gives them a chance in an insanely tough division.

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