These were the biggest winners, losers from the Russell Wilson trade

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The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks pulled off the 2022 NFL offseason’s biggest blockbuster trade on Tuesday when Seattle sent quarterback Russell Wilson and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft to the Denver Broncos for quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and a fifth-round pick.

Got it? Great.

Now the specifics of the Russell Wilson trade are out of the way, it’s time to decide who were the biggest winners and losers from the deal.

Winner: Denver Broncos

Sure, the Seahawks received a boatload of picks and some quality players in return for Wilson, but none of that will matter if they can’t field a competent quarterback sometime within the next few seasons. Just ask… the Broncos.

Denver, whose roster is already loaded with high-end skill players on offense and a defense that is good enough to be a contender, was missing that quarterback. It’s all they were missing, really. And after seeing the Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl after mortgaging their future on Matthew Stafford last offseason, the decision to trade a few first-rounders (and then some) was an easy one to make.

The Broncos were one of a handful of teams that were expected to target a quarterback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. So, with that in mind, trading this year’s first-round pick for Wilson isn’t really a ‘lost’ draft pick; they probably would’ve used it on Kenny Pickett or Malik Willis. Instead, they used it on Wilson… that’s an easy win.

Wilson is 33 years old and is universally viewed as one of the best all-around quarterbacks in the NFL. He has plenty of gas remaining in his right arm and he hasn’t slowed down as an athlete either.

The Broncos are a good bet to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl next year.

Bryan Perez

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