Winners & Losers: Russell Wilson Traded to the Broncos

Denver’s aggressive trade will have major ramifications. We broke down the winners and the losers of the deal that landed Russell Wilson with the Broncos.

Russell Wilson

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Russell Wilson

The NFL never stops producing headlines. Not long after news broke about back-to-back NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers returning to the Green Bay Packers for 2022, the Denver Broncos quickly struck a deal to acquire nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson. 

The Broncos traded two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, and defensive lineman Shelby Harris for Wilson and a fourth-round pick. In total, the Seattle Seahawks received little more than what the Detroit Lions were able to snag for Matthew Stafford last year. 

Denver’s aggressive trade will have major ramifications across the NFL. We’ll break down the winners and the losers of the deal. Some are obvious, but others will be left dealing with the fallout from such a historic day.

Winner: Russell Wilson

Pete Carroll Russell Wilson Seahawks 49ers 2021

Loser: QB-Needy Teams

Taylor Heinecke Cowboys WFT 2021

Winner: Broncos Playmakers

Jerry Jeudy Tim Patrick Courtland Sutton Broncos 2021

Losers: DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett DK Metcalf Seahawks Lions 2022

Winner: Other Available Quarterbacks

Jimmy Garoppolo Rams 49ers 2022

Loser: Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll Seahawks Lions 2022

Winner: NFC Contenders

Matthew Stafford Tequila Rams Parade 2022

Loser: AFC West Rivals

Raiders Chargers 2022 AFC West

Winner: George Paton

George Paton Broncos Eagles 2021

Loser: Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams Seahawks 49ers 2021

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