Russell Wilson Trade Sends Broncos, Seahawks Futures Into Spin Cycle

Written By Brett Gibbons on March 8, 2022
Russell Wilson trade

The Seattle Seahawks traded star quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The move drastically affects outlooks and futures of both the Seahawks and the Broncos, movement that became clear in a matter of minutes after the blockbuster trade.

Russell Wilson Trade Shifts Markets

Ahead of the move, Denver opened at +3500 at DraftKings Sportsbook in January to win Super Bowl LVII. They were a popular landing spot for Aaron Rodgers over the past two seasons, and the price shortened to +2500 with more speculation this offseason.

Immediately following the Russell Wilson trade announcement, books pulled their Super Bowl futures, but once they went back up, wow! The Broncos sit anywhere between +1400 and as short as +900 as a top contender on the board at BetRivers, despite being in Patrick Mahomes’ division. That +900 only last a few minutes though, with a consensus number settling around +1200. Still, that puts Denver in the top five on the board.

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Denver Broncos Futures Odds

Broncos Outlook

The Broncos have a young, hot team at their corps. Highlighted by a stud defensive secondary, many believe Denver was a quarterback away from being a serious Super Bowl contender. As odds are reposted, we’ll see just how hot their ticket will be.

Their receiving corps also offers a host of young talent in Jerry JeudyCourtland Sutton, and Tim Patrick, among others. The backfield is led by rising sophomore Javonte Williams, who is one of the most anticipated young backs in the NFL.

The addition of Wilson is not only a strong talent addition, but the ideal leader for a locker room filled with young players.

Seattle Seahawks Futures Odds

Seahawks Outlook

There’s a massive rebuild going on in Seattle, the largest since Pete Carroll took over. Wilson had been rumored to be on the trading block for two years. After losing the rest of their roster left over from the Legion of Boom days (sans Bobby Wagner), it appeared the Seahawks were ready to tear things down.

However, they were the NFC West champion in 2020, but finished 7-10 and last in the division last season. Wilson battled a finger injury that sidelined him for weeks and hobbled him the rest of the way. Ahead of this deal, Seattle was +3500 to win the Super Bowl. Now, you can find +8000.

In return, Seattle receives quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, and tight end Noah Fant. They will also receive two first-round picks– including this year’s ninth overall– two second-round picks, and a fifth.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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