Well it finally happened. After years of rumors and speculation the Denver Broncos have traded for Russell Wilson. Adam Schefter was one of the first to report that the Broncos had agreed to a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. This comes just hours after the Packers and Aaron Rodgers agreed to their historic extension.
The trade is obviously centered around Russell Wilson, but the Seahawks did get a solid package in return. Denver will be sending Drew Lock, Noah Fant, & Shelby Harris along with two 1st round picks, two 2nd round picks, and a fifth round pick to Seattle.
I personally think this trade benefits both teams here pretty evenly. Russell Wilson’s contract only had two seasons left, and all signs pointed to him leaving when possible. So the fact the Seahawks got something in return for him leaving should be viewed as a positive. You also now have seven picks in the Top 64 picks of this year and next year’s draft. At the minimum you have your bridge quarterback for 2022 in Drew Lock. On top of that you free up roughly $25M in cap space for 2023 which gives them a lot more wiggle room in free agency.
On the Broncos side, you are now a pretty serious contender in the AFC now. Essentially you are stealing a page out of the Rams playbook by giving up some future assets for immediate talent. Denver also has brought in an offensive minded head coach for the first time in a long time. They already have Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, Javonte Williams & more on the offensive side of the ball. Only time will tell if this really does work out, and now all the pressure is on Wilson & the Broncos.