Report: The Broncos Acquired Russell Wilson In A Blockbuster Trade With The Seahawks

For weeks, reports indicated that the Denver Broncos were doing everything they could to be in a position to acquire Aaron Rodgers if he decided to leave the Green Bay Packers. Just hours after it was announced that Rodgers will stay in Wisconsin, the Broncos managed to get their man under center in a blockbuster deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Seattle will send Russell Wilson to Denver in a deal that will net the Seahawks a treasure trove of picks and players. Schefter reported that negotiations on the deal have been going on for weeks, and characterized the trade as “one of the largest” in the history of the NFL.

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock will reportedly be one of the players on his way to Seattle, along with defensive lineman Shelby Harris.

Jay Glazer provided details on draft compensation, with Seattle getting two firsts and two seconds in the deal.

The final player headed to Seattle is tight end Noah Fant.

Wilson’s name has popped up in trade rumors in the last year or so, with one report in Feb. 2021 indicating that he “broached trade destinations” with the Seahawks before sticking around for last season. But after an injury-shortened 2021 campaign that coincided with Seattle winning seven games, his time in the only city he’s called home during his NFL career has come to an end.

For Denver, Wilson gives them the kind of quarterback they have not had since Peyton Manning’s retirement. Considering the talent in that division — Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert are two of the best in the league, while Derek Carr is a steady hand in Las Vegas — Wilson is the sort of game-changing talent they need to keep up and, should some things go right, compete under new head coach Nathaniel Hackett.