By Terrance Turner
March 8, 2022
The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, multiple sources told ESPN today. Broncos quarterback Drew Lock will be sent to the Seahawks as part of the deal, sources told ESPN writer Adam Schefter. Tight end Noah Fant and defensive lineman Shelby Harris will also be joining the Seahawks, per NFL Network’s James Palmer. Schefter claims that the deal also includes two first-round picks and two second-round picks.
The deal cannot be finalized until the new league year begins on March 16. As part of the deal, Wilson is expected to waive the no-trade clause in his contract. (He signed a four-year, $140 million deal in 2019, which involved a no-trade clause.) The deal is pending a physical and Wilson’s approval, according to ESPN.
This shocking, blockbuster trade marks the end of an era for Wilson and the Seahawks. Wilson has been named to nine Pro Bowls in his ten seasons in Seattle. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to tie the Denver Broncos with an NFL-best record of 13-3. The Seahawks thrashed the Broncos in Super Bowl 51, winning 43-8. Though the defense got most of the love — NFL editor Gregg Rosenthal called it “the toughest, deepest, most versatile defense in football” — Wilson threw for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions for a 123.1 passer rating. His play helped the Seahawks win their only Super Bowl title.
The next year, Wilson worked his magic again, throwing for 20 touchdowns. He led the Seahawks to a 12-4 record — again tying for the best record in the league. The Seahawks advanced to their second straight Super Bowl, this time playing the New England Patriots (who were also 12-4). In Super Bowl 52, the Seahawks led 24-14 until the Patriots scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Then, in the fourth quarter, Seattle chose to call a pass play on second and goal from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds and one timeout left instead of just handing the ball to star running back Marshawn Lynch. Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted the pass, sealing a win for the Patriots.
Though the Seahawks would never reach the championship again, Wilson continued to shine, setting franchise passing TD records in the 2015 and 2017 seasons. Wilson will leave Seattle with a total of 113 career wins — the most ever by a quarterback in this first ten seasons. He also leads the league in Pro Bowl selections during that span, and he’s second all-time for most passing touchdowns through the first decade of a quarterback’s career.