Wilson Traded to Broncos as New Era Begins in Seattle

by Anirudh Kannan ’25

Source: The Ringer

Published Apr. 7th, 2022

After weeks of speculation around star QB Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks finally pulled the trigger on an offer that sent Wilson to Denver, receiving an impressive return headlined by five draft picks, Drew Lock, and Noah Fant.

Both fans and analysts of the Denver Broncos have lamented over the inconsistent production of Drew Lock, but the addition of Wilson projects to take the Broncos over the hump, as Wilson possesses mobility, accuracy, and experience that the franchise sorely lacked since the retirement of the legendary Peyton Manning. While stats like Wilson’s declining passer rating indicate that the quarterback may be entering the twilight of his prime years, the Denver roster has enough complementary pieces to contend for at least a few seasons.

The Seahawks will hope that Drew Lock will mature into a quarterback worthy of a starting role, but at age 25, Lock’s time to produce is slowly withering away. Seattle may even explore other options at the position through signing a veteran quarterback or taking a chance on another young quarterback in the upcoming draft, although most scouts project more NFL-ready arm talents will be available in the 2023 draft instead. 

Racking up 670 yards last year, Noah Fant is a valuable acquisition to fill Seattle’s tight-end vacancy. Alongside the likes of Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson, the three will make up a formidable trio that is sure to threaten opposing linebackers and safeties alike. Shelby Harris, who plays on the defensive line, will provide a much-needed boost to Seattle’s lackluster pass rush.

Overall, many consider this trade to be a win-win deal for both sides. With unrest around Wilson’s future for the past year or so, it was unclear whether the disgruntled quarterback wanted a change of scenery despite his public loyalty to Seattle.. Additionally, Seattle got a sizable package in return for Wilson that may pay dividends in future seasons. On the other hand, Denver was able to get a star quarterback, a move that appears to be well worth it as they finally have a quarterback that holds up to the rest of the loaded AFC. The Broncos will be looking to compete for a Super Bowl, but their task may be difficult as the rest of the AFC stocks up on talent. Meanwhile, Seattle is now most likely entering a rebuild in which they will try to find a successor for Wilson while holding on to young talent.

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