Russell Wilson trade ratings: Broncos get high marks in blockbuster deal, Seahawks win big but lose overall

Russell Wilson will wear the Denver Broncos uniform in 2022 and beyond. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback has become part of a blockbuster trade package that will see the Seattle Seahawks send him and a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Broncos in exchange for Drew Lock, Noah Fant, Shelby Harris, a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, a 2022 fifth-round pick, and a 2023 second-round pick. That’s quite the ransom king, yes, but it’s for one of the league’s kings in that position — a position the Broncos haven’t been able to figure out since losing Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning retired six years ago.

Looking at the trade more closely, while it’s easy to argue that the Broncos gave up too much to acquire Wilson (having lost Aaron Rodgers not an hour before the last news of this trade), it’s really more complicated than the transport does not indicate it. . So, as we dive into the rating of what will go down as one of the biggest deals in NFL history, it becomes increasingly clear that the Seahawks, despite grabbing a stack of goodies, ended up losing that trade.


Seahawks class: C

It’s unfathomable that it all came to this in Seattle. To have a potential future Hall of Fame quarterback, still in his prime at 33, who isn’t ready for a huge blow in the next two seasons ($24 million in 2022 and $27 million dollars in 2023), and destroying the relationship because you wouldn’t let him have a say in the things that were put around him to help the team win, that’s basically organizational malpractice. By the time Wilson (and her agent) went public with her frustration in 2021, she had already been boiling behind the scenes for quite some time, and it was plenty of time to avoid seeing her escalate into a mushroom cloud that, Tuesday sent the Seahawks back to the Dark Ages.

So yeah, while they’ve been ransomed for the nine-time Pro Bowler, an extra move to release another team legend in linebacker Bobby Wagner means they’ll need every one of those Denver-acquired picks. (with no promise that they’ll make it pay off, considering the Seahawks have a very poor recruiting/prospecting record for the most part) as they’ve now managed to break the rebuild button in the northwest of the Peaceful.

And that’s not the end, as you can expect shockwaves to rock the future of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett (the latter having signed a new deal largely because Wilson would stay, just like running back Chris Carson).

Neither of these two will be happy to see Wilson traded for Drew Lock, and that’s assuming either remains on the roster for the 2022 season, and while you gotta love the additional acquisition of a promising young tight end to Noah Fant and a solid pass. rusher to Shelby Harris – two more reasons Seattle didn’t land a failing grade – the decision to give up the house to acquire Jamal Adams via trade (and then pay him hit money) ultimately was the turning point that preceded the demolition everyone witnessed on March 8th.

Maybe they’re turning acquired picks into a business package for Deshaun Watson, but that comes with its own set of question marks and controversy. No matter how you slice it, the Seahawks made quite a mess but, hey, at least you have your security.

Broncos Rating: A

Kudos to the Broncos for putting together a contingency plan to land their next franchise quarterback and executing it with military precision. It’s a safe assumption that they had a/same gargantuan offer on the table for the Green Bay Packers for Aaron Rodgers, but once Rodgers re-committed to The Cheese on what would be a record deal (he disputes the latter), the Broncos immediately pivoted to call the Seahawks and make a deal for Wilson. Planning and forethought alone was a masterclass by general manager George Paton, and while it’s safe to say the Broncos may have given up too much — consider their situation.

They were in dire straits at quarterback after another miss at Drew Lock that came after a miss with Teddy Bridgewater (who they traded a 2021 sixth-round pick for). It was clear that Lock wasn’t the man for the job and Denver probably isn’t too impressed with the current crop of quarterbacks in this year’s draft, at least not to the point of believing that anyone which would be better than Rodgers or Wilson. With a defense having shown it can be a force and likely hoping to win back Von Miller after trading him last season, all eyes were on Denver this offseason to see what they would or wouldn’t do at QB.

They responded by pushing all of their chips onto Wilson’s table, reminiscent of landing Peyton Manning in 2012 (albeit as a free agent), a move that propelled them to a post-Super Bowl championship parade. 50. Time will tell if the Wilson era in Denver goes as ceremoniously as Manning’s, but the former now becomes the first real QB threat in Denver since the latter called him a career in March 2016, and c It’s a long time for an NFL team to be stuck in QB purgatory.

Replacing Harris and Fant will be easier than finding a future Hall of Fame quarterback in free agency or this year’s draft, and we’ve seen how Denver drafts/recruits quarterback prospects ( yuck), so it doesn’t matter how many picks they gave up because if they might have misused them anyway, they might as well roll the dice on a still primed All-Pro at the most important position in football.