Russell Wilson Trade Shakes Up Super Bowl 57 Odds

| March 9, 2022 1:21 pm PDT

After many rumors and close calls, the Seahawks finally decided to ship away their franchise quarterback in favor of a rebuild. Russell Wilson was not only their starting quarterback, but their leader.

He was a big part of their success over the past decade or so and it will be a cultural change without him. The Seahawks also released All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner in a corresponding move. Seattle is opting for a total rebuild and more moves are sure to come reflecting that.

Let’s take a look at the full trade breakdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

Russell Wilson Full Trade Details

This is a massive trade across the NFL. The Broncos were one of the teams who were in dire need of a quarterback for this upcoming season. They were for sure to make a run at Aaron Rodgers if he hit the open market, but that never happened.

Instead, the Broncos pivoted to Wilson and Seattle. Seattle was in talks with a couple of teams for Wilson, but never pulled the trigger. The damage was probably already done when they started accepting calls and the Seahawks unsuccessful season was another reason for a rebuild.

Here are the full details from the trade;

Denver Broncos Receive – QB Russell Wilson, 2022 4th Round Pick
Seattle Seahawks Receive – 2 1st Round Picks (2022, 2023), 2 2nd Round Picks (2022, 2023), a 5th Round Pick (2022), QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, and DL Shelby Harris

The Broncos were able to snag a 4th rounder for this year along with Wilson and shipped a couple of players with their picks. They didn’t really have a reason to hang onto Drew Lock, but it’s unclear if Seattle will make them their starter right away.

He gets one of his top options to come with him in tight end Noah Fant as well. Shelby Harris is an odd throw in, but we will see if he stays with Seattle. The draft picks are the biggest part for Seattle, as they get the Broncos first 4 picks in the next two drafts.

How Wilson Trade Impacts Seattle for 2022

  • Division: (+700)
  • Conference (+3300)
  • Super Bowl: (+6600)

If you have a friend that’s a Seahawks fan, now would be a good time to check up on them. This is the official mark of “it’s over.” The Seahawks already have been on the decline, but trading Wilson away makes it official.

Lock looks like he will start for them, as the only other quarterback on their roster is Jacob Eason. It will be interesting to see who Lock will be throwing to. Fant will be a familiar face to throw to, while D.K Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are very talented as well.

Metcalf and Lockett are sure to be at least asked about in the trade market. They would both be great additions to contenders and should get back some early round draft picks either paired together or by themselves.

Seattle was not in the top half of the early Super Bowl 57 odds and now they are even lower. They are listed at (+6600) on BetOnline after the Wilson trade.

There shouldn’t be a reason to hang onto their veterans for this season. I would expect Metcalf, Lockett, Carlos Dunlap, Jamal Adams, and more to be on the trade block.

Adams was a big acquisition by Seattle a few years ago. They gave up a couple of firsts and he’s the reason why Seattle didn’t have one for this year. The Wilson trade gets them back that first rounder, which is listed at the 9th pick.

They would have the 9th overall pick and the 10th overall pick this year if they never traded for Adams.

Wilson Trade Boosts Denver’s Super Bowl 57 Odds

Denver was one of the teams listed within the top 16 in the early odds for this year’s Super Bowl. The acquisition makes them an even better option. They jumped from around (+1800) odds to (+1200) after the Wilson trade.

That is the 5th best odds for Super Bowl 57, trailing the Bills, Packers, Chiefs, and 49ers and tied with the reigning champs in the Rams.

The Broncos already had the supporting pieces to make them a solid overall team. It seemed the only position that they were lacking in was the quarterback. Now that shouldn’t be a problem, potentially launching them into Super Bowl contention.

Wilson has some great pieces around him in the offense.

They have a couple of rising stars in RB Javonte Williams and WR Jerry Jeudy. Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick were also extended recently and will be solid receiving options for Wilson as well.

Denver also had a very good defense last year and into this year. Bradley Chubb is a great edge rusher, while their secondary is one of the best in the league. S Justin Simmons and CBs Patrick Surtain II, and Ronald Darby will be tough on opposing aerial attacks.

This year will be the year we find out if the Broncos were only lacking a quarterback. They also have a new head coach in Nathaniel Hackett, so they are expecting big things this year in Denver.

Anthony Haage

Anthony is a sports writer for covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and more. He also covers other various topics such as entertainment, general sports betting tips, and more.

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