Russell Wilson Traded to Denver Broncos

by Keith Lott
Russell Wilson Traded to Denver Broncos

The NFL offseason is off to a hot start! First Aaron Rodgers announced he was returning to the Green Bay Packers.  Next, Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, Dalton Schultz, Mike Gesicki and David Njoku were all franchise tagged. The Dallas Cowboys are planning on releasing traded Amari Cooper while Mike Williams signed a $60 mil deal to stay with the Los Angeles Chargers. And now we have learned that the Seattle Seahawks have traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos!

Oh, how can we forget about that wild Calvin Ridley suspension for gambling?!

Drew Lock, Noah Fant, Shelby Harris and draft picks were enough to send Wilson to Denver.

With Wilson off the trade block now and multiple teams still looking for a quarterback (Steelers, Bucs, Saints, Commanders, Panthers) there is still plenty of action expected between now and the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks drafted Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 75th overall, as the sixth quarterback off the board, behind Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Branden Weeden and Brock Osweiler. In just his second year in the NFL, Russell Wilson lead the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Russell Wilson Traded to Denver Broncos

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Wilson’s Career With the Seahawks

Since entering the NFL in 20212, Russell Wilson's adjusted net yards per pass of 7.0 is the ninth-best in the league, among quarterbacks with 1,000+ pass attempts. Only Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have attempted as many (or more) passes with a better ANY/A.

Matthew Stafford is the only quarterback in the NFL with more game-winning drives since 2012 and only Stafford and Ryan Tannehill have more fourth-quarter comebacks. Derek Carr has as many as Wilson (24).

Wilson has three of the top 30 Adjusted Yards per Attempts by all quarterbacks with a minimum of 250 attempts in a season over the past five years. However, once you factor in sacks (ANY/A), he doesn't have a single season in the top 30!

The one thing Seattle never did for Russ was protect him. His 8.27% career sack rate is the sixth-worst among quarterbacks with at least 1,000 pass attempts since 2012. Unfortunately for Wilson, Denver was even worse last year at protecting Teddy Bridgewater. Both teams were in the bottom five in pressures allowed per dropback.

Wilson led the NFL in touchdown passes back in 2017, but it was one of just two times (including last year) in his 10-year career that he failed to win 10 games.

Wilson’s 2022 Fantasy Football Impact

Wilson has just inherited Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, Albert Okwuegbunam, Javonte Williams and possibly Melvin Gordon. This is probably the most talented team, on paper, that has ever surrounded him.

He leaves Pete Carroll in Seattle for Denver's new Head Coach, Nathaniel Hackett, and Offensive Coordinator, Justin Outten, both from Matt LaFleur's Green Bay Packers coaching tree.

The NFC West was tough when the division rivals faced off. Getting away from those tough hard-fought games and into shootouts with the likes of Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs), Justin Herbert (Chargers) and Derek Carr (Raiders) for six games could lead to an uptick in Fantasy production from the 33-year-old QB.
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D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Noah Fant

If Drew Lock is the presumed starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks then all three of these guys should see a steep decline in Fantasy production.

With Lock under center, it will be interesting to see if Rashaad Penny is facing a stacked box more often then not.

What the Seahawks do via free agency and now armed with two top 40 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft will help determine how far down your draft boards.

Conclusion

This is a great trade for the Denver Broncos who are trying to stay relevant in a very tough AFC West division with elite quarterback play.

I am actually proud of Seattle for understanding that they were not a competitive football team as constructed and are looking to rebuild. They have a lot of work to do but plenty of time to do it as the rest of the NFC West is in win-now mode.

I think a change of scenery will be great for Russell Wilson but much like in Seattle, he can only be effective if the offensive line is protecting him. I imagine they will focus on that in free agency and the NFL Draft.


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