The Seattle Seahawks' blockbuster trade sending Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos stunned the league on Tuesday afternoon. It had long been rumored that Wilson could be dealt this offseason, but the move seemingly came out of nowhere. According to Albert Breer, Wilson was not actively pushing for a trade out of Seattle, but rather was patiently letting the situation play out on its own accord. Breer did reveal, however, that Wilson's preferred destination was supposedly always Denver.
The trade rumors surrounding Wilson have been around since last offseason, but nothing ever materialized. After Aaron Rodgers signed his reported mega-deal with the Packers, the Broncos made the move to secure the Seahawks' star. Wilson reportedly preferred a move to the Broncos instead of joining the Washington Commanders, who were also said to be in on the nine-time Pro Bowler.
In the end, Wilson got his wish, and he'll leave Seattle to start his next chapter with the Broncos, in a move that was reportedly “always his first choice.”
The Wilson trade comes just a week after Pete Carroll adamantly denied the rumors that Wilson would be dealt this offseason. Despite Carroll's vow that the franchise quarterback would remain in Seattle, it took merely a week for those comments to be disproven.
Despite links to various teams across the league, Wilson was holding out hope that he'd get his dream move to Denver, and that came to fruition on Tuesday when the Seahawks pulled the trigger on the blockbuster deal, offloading their Super Bowl-winning QB to the AFC West.