In one of the biggest deals in NFL history, the Denver Broncos have agreed to send an important package to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the outstanding quarterback. Russell Wilsonsources say ESPN.
Broncos agreed to trade quarterback Drew Locktight end Noah you aredefensive line Shelby Harristwo first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick for Wilson’s Hawks and a fourth-round pick, sources said.
The trade gives Denver the quarterback it’s sought after since Peyton Manning retired, and it gives Seattle a foundation to rebuild without the quarterback who led the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl title.
Wilson is expected to waive the no-trade clause, the last hurdle before the deal is finalized, freeing the Seahawks to send to Denver and ending a historic 10-season career in Seattle that included nine Pro Bowl picks, one Super Bowl title and more The wins are more than any quarterback has scored in his first 10 seasons in the league.
Wilson will also have to pass a physical exam. The trade cannot be officially announced until Wednesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. ET, which is the start of the 2022 league year.
Nothing to do with Denver’s acquisition of Wilson Aaron RodgersThe decision to return to Green Bay. George Patton, Denver’s general manager, began trade talks with Seattle for Wilson at least two weeks ago, according to sources. But in recent days, as trade talks with Seattle heated up, it became clear that Wilson was Bronco A’s plan. The Broncos and Packers have not discussed Rodgers’ deal this season.
The Seahawks were quietly listening to Wilson’s performances and received calls from multiple teams. A source in the league estimated that the total number is more than a dozen teams. Wilson felt he would have to move on, and if he did, he wanted to go into a successful program. Denver, with all of his offensive talent and solid defense, is said to have appealed to him dearly.
Denver has been trying to find the right quarterback since Manning’s retirement, just as the organization has been trying for years to find the right quarterback after John Elway’s retirement. Enter 33-year-old Wilson.
Wilson defeated the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and would become the first quarterback to play on the team that beat him in the Super Bowl, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Coach Pete Carroll told reporters at the Boy Scouts rally last week that the Seahawks had “no intention” of trading with Wilson, but Carroll once again stopped short of dropping the possibility entirely. Carroll said the standard response to general manager John Schneider for teams inquiring about Wilson is that the Seahawks don’t shop in the middle, according to The News Tribune.
Wilson’s trade comes 13 months after his frustration with the organization surfaced. He complained publicly last February about all the hits and sacks he’s taken over his career – putting pressure on the team to better protect his passing – and his lack of say on personnel matters relative to the other top players.
Sources told ESPN that Wilson’s comments angered some in the organization. But those tensions appear to have subsided during the drama-free 2021 season.
It is not clear if Wilson requested a deal.
According to a source, Wilson always planned to reconsider his concerns after the 2021 season. He has spoken on multiple occasions of his desire to stay in Seattle for the long-term, saying that he wants to win more Super Bowls with the Seahawks. But Wilson stopped short of declaring that he would remain in Seattle, although a no-trade clause could guarantee this.
Wilson has two years and $51 million remaining on the four-year extension and $140 million he signed in April of 2019. This includes base salaries of $19 and $22 million, with March List bonuses of $5 million each year making up The rest. Had Wilson stayed on the Seattle roster as of March 20, the Seahawks would have owed him a $5 million bonus.
Wilson leaves Seattle as the leader of the franchise in all relevant passing categories and the only quarterback to win the Lombardi Cup for the Seahawks.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.
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