On Tuesday, word broke the Denver Broncos have agreed to a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for star quarterback Russell Wilson. The deal ends more than a year of speculation about how the Broncos might re-shape their quarterback room and gives Wilson a chance for a fresh start.
The deal is still pending approval from Wilson—who has a no trade clause—but is likely to be completed soon as the new league year begins next week. The deal sees Seattle receiving two First Round, two Second Round and one Fifth Round picks along with fourth-year quarterback Drew Lock, veteran defensive lineman Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant. The Broncos receive Wilson and a Fourth-Round pick.
Wilson has played for the Seattle Seahawks his whole career, drafted in the Fourth Round of the 2012 draft. He’s started for Seattle his whole career, compiling a 104-53-1 record. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowl player and a Super Bowl Champion—a title he won playing against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Wilson has thrown for 37,059 yards and 292 touchdowns. It’s an instant upgrade for the Broncos’ offense and first year Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett.
While Fant leaves in trade, the Broncos still have a strong core of young weapons on offense. The team has receivers Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler all under contract along with second year running back Javonte Williams and young tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. All of them should see at least a modest bump in fantasy value.
Even with the addition of Wilson, the Broncos are estimated to have more than $26 million in cap space, giving them room to be aggressive in the free agent market.
For the Seahawks, the trade provides draft capital—as the team was without a First Round Pick—and cap space to rebuild. Post-trade, the Seahawks have a little more than $34 million in cap space. They also have a question at quarterback, with only Lock and Jacob Eason on the roster at present.
Lock—a former Second Round selection—has thrown for 4,740 yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons. He could be in the mix to start in Seattle, especially if the Seahawks draft a quarterback. The bigger prize might be Fant, a former First Round pick, who has 170 receptions for 1,905 yards and 10 touchdowns in three seasons.
The deal also leaves plenty of questions for the Seahawks and receivers D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Both take a hit in fantasy value for the time being, though it’s possible the Seahawks aren’t done making moves this off-season.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.