Jun 13, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during mini camp drills at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson ‘extremely confident’ in Broncos’ direction

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson expressed his optimism with where his new team stands at mandatory minicamp Monday.

“I feel extremely confident in what we’re doing,” Wilson told reporters. “We look really good. We’re going against a great defense every day. That’s the challenge we want every day — to go against the best. Our defense is the best of the best, and we’re getting better every day.

“We’re making touchdown plays, and guys are making key stops on defense. We’re making key plays on key third downs. It feels great.”

Wilson is in his first offseason with the Broncos after spending the first decade of his NFL career in Seattle. The nine-time Pro Bowler waived his no-trade clause in March, and the Seahawks shipped him to Denver.

Wilson — who had commented on his desire for more offensive line help while with the Seahawks — praised the O-line and other units to the media Monday.

“I’m really excited about the offensive line,” Wilson said. “I think those guys are doing a great job up front giving me enough time and blocking it up for me. Everybody’s terminology and everybody is understanding the game, the whys of the game and the obsession with it.

“We’re going to have a really good football team. The running backs we have, the tight ends, the receivers and the line. I think we have a chance.”

Wilson said he would spend time throwing to teammates in Southern California before the Broncos must report for training camp in late July.

First-year Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett praised his quarterback for absorbing the new offense while maintaining a busy offseason schedule that included giving the commencement speech at Dartmouth College.

“It’s funny. When it first started, you’re like, ‘Whoa, are you going to be able to pick this stuff up? Are we going to be able to own the offense like we want to?’” Hackett said. “But he does such a great job of surrounding himself with great people that help him out so he can still do all of these things and still focus solely on football.

“It’s unbelievable to watch. Every single second that he has, he’s non-stop working. If he’s on a plane, he’s watching film, he’s studying, he’s calling people and he’s calling me. That’s what you appreciate.”

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion said in March that he wanted to win “three, four more Super Bowls” while finishing his playing career in Denver. The Broncos have won three championships since 1997, two behind John Elway and one with Peyton Manning under center.

–Field Level Media

Oct 27, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (right) after a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning helping Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan in transitions

Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning knows exactly what Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan are going through.

It was 10 years ago that Manning, then 36, found himself at a crossroads. After 13 years as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, he missed the 2011 season with a neck injury. And when the Colts selected Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012, Manning signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos.

So Manning is serving as a sounding board for both QBs, aiding them as they make their transitions — Wilson to the Broncos, Ryan to the Colts.

“I’ve talked to Russell a number of times and we’ve had conversations about some of the things that helped me in my transition to a different team that I think can apply to anybody making the jump, especially after being in a place for a long time,” Manning told The Denver Post.

He said he had talked to new coach Nathaniel Hackett, too, “about some of those things, maybe some dos and don’ts that helped me and can certainly apply and Russell can hit the ground running here in his first year.”

Wilson, 33, spent 10 years at the helm of the Seattle Seahawks, who traded him and a 2022 fourth-round pick to Denver for first- and second-round picks in 2022 and ’23, a 2022 fifth-round pick and quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive end Shelby Harris. The Seahawks used a third-round pick on Wilson in the 2021 NFL Draft.

A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Wilson led the Seahawks to a 43-8 win over Manning and the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.

The Colts haven’t been to a Super Bowl since the Manning era — he led them there twice, winning Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears in 2007 — and Manning said Ryan could prove the difference on a talented Colts team.

Manning said he offered an ear to Ryan as rumors swirled that the Atlanta Falcons could trade Ryan this offseason.

“Matt was kind of like me,” Manning said. “Matt only wanted to play, probably, for the team that drafted him.”

Ryan, who turns 37 next month, was the No. 3 overall pick, by the Falcons in 2008, and he started 222 games over 14 seasons and won the league MVP award in 2016. Atlanta sent him to the Colts for a 2022 third-round draft pick.

“I’m excited about it,” Manning told IndyStar of Ryan’s trade to the Colts and his chance to play for coach Frank Reich.

“I told him how much he is going to enjoy playing there.” Manning said. “It’s a great opportunity for Matt and I’m also very excited for the Colts. Frank is a coach that is going to fit very well with Matt.”

The late-career move turned out just fine for Manning. With the Broncos, he won a Super Bowl and a league MVP award in four seasons there.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws the ball during NFC practice at the Las Vegas Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson aims for ‘three, four more Super Bowls’

Russell Wilson didn’t keep his intentions a secret on Wednesday during his introductory press conference as the Denver Broncos’ new quarterback.

“My goal is to play 10 or 12 more years and hopefully win three, four more Super Bowls, that’s the plan,” Wilson said. “That’s the mindset. That’s why I came here, to finish my career here and hopefully finish on top as a champion. And do it multiple times.”

After spending the first decade of his NFL career in Seattle, the nine-time Pro Bowler waived his no-trade clause last week and the Seahawks shipped him off to Denver. In exchange for the Wisconsin product, the Seahawks received five draft picks — including first-rounders this year and next — and tight end Noah Fant, defensive end Shelby Harris and quarterback Drew Lock.

The deal was finalized Wednesday as the new NFL year began.

Bringing in a talented veteran quarterback is familiar territory for the Broncos. Back in 2012, they signed Peyton Manning to a five-year deal. Manning guided Denver to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, winning one after the 2015 season. In Manning’s first Super Bowl appearance with the Broncos, they were on the wrong side of a lopsided loss to Wilson’s Seahawks following the 2013 season.

Wilson said he talked to Manning before waiving his no-trade clause.

“I think the biggest thing he told me was that this is a winning organization,” Wilson said. “That was the biggest thing. Obviously, you know that from an outside perspective, but when you’re in it, living in it every day, as a quarterback, as someone people look to lead, you want to make sure you can answer that question. And he said without a doubt he loved it here, he still lives here today.”

Wilson called the trade a “mutual decision” between him and the Seahawks, and he thanked Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider plus the Seattle fans during his remarks.

Denver is coming off a 7-10 season, its fifth straight year with a losing record.

Broncos general manager George Paton said Wednesday that Wilson was the team’s “No. 1 target” and the Broncos were “going to do anything it took to get Russ.”

Wilson, 33, ranks 15th all-time in passing touchdowns entering this next season with 292. His career passer rating of 101.8 is fourth best all-time.

–Field Level Media

Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; NFC quarterback Russel Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks (3) passes the ball against the AFC during the third quarter during the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Broncos to acquire QB Russell Wilson from Seahawks

The Denver Broncos will acquire nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster deal, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

Wilson has waived his no-trade clause and agreed to a new contract in principle, ESPN reported. The deal has been in the works since Saturday, per the ESPN report.

It is not immediately known who else is involved in the trade, although ESPN reported quarterback Drew Lock is part of the deal.

Wilson, 33, made 14 starts in 2021, missing games for the first time in his 10-year career due to injury. He passed for a career-low 3,113 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws during pregame warmups against the Detroit Lions at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson: ‘Hope and goal’ is to stick with Seahawks

Quarterback Russell Wilson projected a rosier outlook about his future with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday than he did at this time last year.

Wilson reiterated in an interview with Chris Russo’s “Mad Dog Sports Radio” that he aims to be back with the Seahawks in 2022 and beyond.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to play 10 amazing years in Seattle,” Wilson said. “My hope and goal is to be back there and keep winning there. That’s the vision, that’s the goal. That’s always been it. It’s never really been anything different.”

After Wilson’s Seahawks lost in the wild-card round in last year’s postseason, Wilson spent part of February 2021 publicly asking Seattle to find him more offensive line help. Wilson’s agent then told ESPN that Wilson had not asked for a trade, but that the Super Bowl-winning quarterback would waive his no-trade clause to go to the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders.

The quarterback landscape has changed since then, with the Cowboys locking up Dak Prescott long-term and the Bears drafting Justin Fields, and Wilson’s stock took a hit in 2021. He missed games due to injury for the first time and missed the playoffs with a losing record altogether, all career firsts.

In 14 games, Wilson threw for 3,113 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions with a 64.8 completion percentage.

Near the end of the season, Wilson told reporters that he hoped he wasn’t nearing his last game as a Seahawk and said he planned to win more Super Bowls with the franchise.

“I want to win three more Super Bowls,” Wilson told Russo on Friday. “That’s my focus, is to get back and win again and for us to overcome all the obstacles. There’s nothing more fun than that.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to explore options

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wants to explore his options this offseason, sources told NFL Network.

Wilson has not demanded a trade, per Sunday’s report, but he intends to investigate other destinations that might give him a better shot at winning another championship.

Prior to the Seahawks’ Week 18 win at Arizona, Wilson said his plan was to win more Super Bowls with Seattle.

“For me, I think what I’m really super passionate about obviously, my goal is to win more Super Bowls,” Wilson said. “And my plan is to win them here. It’s that simple. There’s nothing really else other than that.”

Wilson, 33, made 14 starts in 2021, missing games for the first time in his 10-year career due to injury. He passed for a career-low 3,113 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He signed a four-year, $140 million extension in April 2019 that comes with a $37 million salary cap hit in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Dec 21, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson on future with Seahawks: ‘You never know’

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been the subject of multiple trade scenario discussions by media and fans this season. And even though no movement for the quarterback has manifested, the seven-time Pro Bowler isn’t exactly throwing cold water on the idea.

In a news conference held with the media this week via Zoom, Wilson said, “I think that you never know … I know for me personally, I hope it’s not my last game. But at the same time, I know it won’t be my last game in the NFL.

“So I’m just focused on the day and getting better today. And so that’s my focus. That’s my goal. I love this city, and I love this moment. I love these guys. And so we’ve got to make sure we get better today. That’s the only thing that matters.”

Wilson, 33, has two years remaining on a contract that will pay him an average of $35 million. A departure would require an outright release — unlikely with a $26 million dead cap hit in 2022 — or a trade, which would be most likely to occur prior to March 20, the fifth day of the new league year, when he is due a $5 million roster bonus.

If a trade is in the offing, that would leave Sunday’s game with the Detroit Lions as Wilson’s final home game as a Seahawk since he was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, a tenure of ten seasons.

Wilson has started nearly every game of that run, missing only three games earlier this season after he suffered a ruptured tendon and dislocation of his right middle finger in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams.

The one-time Super Bowl champion has had one of his worst statistical seasons of his career, throwing for 2,639 yards with 18 touchdowns on 64.9 percent passing. He did express that he feels his stated pursuit of more Super Bowl victories remains possible in Seattle.

“Obviously we can’t do it not being in the playoffs right now,” Wilson said. “But I think that most importantly is it takes a lot of effort, takes a lot of things. It takes a lot of pieces and I think that we have a good amount of those pieces. A lot of them.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) participates in early pregame warmups against the San Francisco 49ers at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson Next Team Odds: Broncos, Giants lead pack

With the Seahawks tied for the second-worst record in the NFC at 4-8, quarterback Russell Wilson’s future in Seattle continues to be a topic of debate.

Wilson, 33, is under contract with the team through 2023. However, there were rumors last offseason that he was frustrated with the direction of the team and open to a trade — but only to a handful of select teams.

Should the sides part ways this offseason, SportsBetting.ag is offering odds on 15 potential destinations.

Leading the ways is the Denver Broncos (+300), who are 6-6 and still in playoff contention with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm. The next-shortest odds belong to the 4-8 New York Giants (+500), who have yet to see the desired growth in Year 3 from former No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones.

Russell Wilson Next Team Odds
Broncos: +300
Giants: +500
Washington: +700
Saints: +700
Steelers: +700
Dolphins: +800
Eagles: +800
Panthers: +900
Falcons: +1200
Packers: +1200
Raiders: +1400
Bears: +1600
Jets: +1600
Texans: +1600
Lions: +2000

The Seahawks brought in new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron this season, but the former Los Angeles Rams assistant hasn’t provided the desired spark. Seattle is ranked 31st in the NFL with an average of 298.3 yards per game.

Wilson missed three games due to a ruptured tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand. He has thrown for 2,042 yards with 14 touchdowns against only four interceptions this season.

After struggling with his accuracy in his first two games back, Wilson completed 81.1 percent of his passes while throwing two touchdowns and one pick in last week’s 30-23 victory over San Francisco.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are being offered at +700 by SportsBetting.ag as a potential destination for Wilson next season. The Steelers are on the fringe of playoff contention at 6-6-1, with the team expected to move on from Ben Roethlisberger after the season.

The sportsbook also is offering odds on who will open next season as Pittsburgh’s quarterback.

Steelers Starting QB Week 1 of 2022:
FA Signing: +125
QB Added via Trade: +125
Draft Pick: +240
Mason Rudolph: +750
Ben Roethlisberger: +1000
Dwayne Haskins: +1400

–Field Level Media