In what has to be considered one of the biggest trades in modern NFL history, Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson has been dealt from the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos.
In return for the future first ballot Hall of Famer, Seattle has received fellow quarterback Drew Lock, defensive tackle Shelby Harris, two first-round picks, two second-round picks and a fifth-round selection.
This blockbuster comes after a calendar year of speculation that Russell Wilson and his now-former Seahawks team were not on firm footing. Primarily, the quarterback’s relationship with head coach Pete Carroll had been souring.
Despite Carroll recently indicating that Wilson was not going to be moved, it became clear things were not sustainable in the Pacific Northwest. Below, we look at four winners and losers from this eye-opening and earth-shattering blockbuster.
Winner: Russell Wilson heads to contending team
Last season was a rude awakening for Wilson and his former Seahawks squad. The talent level that general manager John Schneider built up in Seattle was dwindling big time. In the end, Seattle finished with a 7-10 record and in last place in the NFC West. Two other teams in the division, the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, played one another in the NFC Championship Game.
Wilson now heads to a Broncos team that is now in firm contention with the nine-time Pro Bowler under center. Denver boasts a legit pair of weapons at wide receiver in that of Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. It also has a stud young running back, Javonte Williams.
Boasting one of the most-talented defenses in the NFL, Denver is in prime position to challenge the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. That would not have been the case if Wilson opted to remain with Seattle in the NFC West. It’s that simple.
Loser: Optics for Pete Carroll are not great
“It’s commonplace for us to have conversations with teams about all of the players, particularly marquee players. That’s not changed. It’s been the same every year. It’s the same.
We have no intention of making any move there (regarding Wilson. But the conversations, John has to field those, he always has. But nothing specific.”
Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson situation (March 2, 2022)
For a head coach in Pete Caroll who has some say in player personnel matters, this is not a great look. He’s been pushing back against the idea that Seattle would trade Wilson dating back to last offseason. Is he in the loop when it comes to these matters anymore? It’s a big question.
All of this comes amid previous reports suggesting that Carroll’s relationship with Mr. Wilson had been deteriorating over the past couple years. Once owner Paul Allen died back in 2018, there was some thought given to the idea that Wilson didn’t like the fact Carroll was taking on some sort of a CEO role to fill the vacuum.
From a broader perspective, what happens to Carroll in Seattle moving forward? He’s the oldest head coach in the NFL at 70 years old. The Seahawks are now likely going into full-scale rebuild mode. We wouldn’t be surprised if some news broke in this regard moving forward.