Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson trade: Things change

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It was less than three weeks ago that Pete Carroll said the Seahawks had “no intention” of trading Russell Wilson. They traded Wilson to the Broncos on March 8.

“Things change,” Carroll said Tuesday. “There was a long period in there working it. I didn’t have the intention of going crazy, but we looked at the opportunity. Once we got a good look at it, there was reason. We got a really good deal, so we went ahead and made it. It took a long time to get to that, though. We had a long process where I didn’t think we would do it. It was such a complicated trade to make.”

Broncos G.M. George Paton has said it was a month of negotiations between the sides, and a source told PFT the Seahawks initiated the contact.

So the Broncos finally have their franchise quarterback (and a 2022 fourth-round choice), and the Seahawks have quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, two first-round picks (2022 — No. 9 overall — and 2023), two second-round picks (2022 — No. 40 overall — and 2023) and a 2022 fifth-round selection.

7 responses to “Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson trade: Things change

  1. A rare situation where both teams will “win” the trade. Russ had taken Seattle as far as they could go with his salary limiting their growth. Denver had the pieces, they simply needed the QB and had the capital on the roster to give up the future for the immediate now.
    Denver has a window for the next two years to make it happen and Seattle will use this period of drafts and cap space to build for its future.

  2. If Pete’s buyout wasn’t so enormous, his departure would be part of that change. The offensive game has passed him by, He’s holding this team back from moving forward.

  3. I don’t know what Seattle is going to do for a quarterback. They have a top 10 pick this year in a horrible quarterback class. Denver lost a bunch of ones score games last year that Wilson will help them win this year, Which will net Seattle a low first round pick next year. I don’t see how they can make up for the loss of Wilson. And with all the high draft choices Denver has had the last few years none of them made up for the QB position. Having the QB position locked up for at least the next five years means the Broncos can focus on filling in a few holes and contending which Paton has shown he is more than capable of doing.

  4. Russell won’t help Bronco to Super Bowl. Seattle Defense is the one got that to SB not Russell.

  5. MileHighMystique says:
    March 29, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t know what Seattle is going to do for a quarterback. They have a top 10 pick this year in a horrible quarterback class. Denver lost a bunch of ones score games last year that Wilson will help them win this year, Which will net Seattle a low first round pick next year. I don’t see how they can make up for the loss of Wilson. And with all the high draft choices Denver has had the last few years none of them made up for the QB position. Having the QB position locked up for at least the next five years means the Broncos can focus on filling in a few holes and contending which Paton has shown he is more than capable of doing.
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    I have to disagree with your post. Wilson’s contract only has 2 not 5 more years, so Denver is going to need to start the new contract negotiations NEXT season, with one year left on the current contract. Although I think that Wilson has been and still is a Very Good QB, he has insisted on being the HIGHEST Paid QB at the time he has signed each of his prior contracts, which Seattle agreed to. Now with Rodgers’ & Watson’s new contracts, Wilson will be sure to expect a contract at least in that neighborhood, which will suddenly make finances much tighter in the near future.

    For the trade to work for Denver, they need to win the Super Bowl Next season, or Wilson’s contract numbers will effect over-all team quality.

    It wasn’t a coincidence that the Seahawks’ two Super bowl appearances were during Wilson’s Rookie Contact……..

    Go Hawks

  6. It’s a business, a tough and cut throat business. They’re not playing with trading cards or trading game pieces.
    If you could do better then why are you not a head coach or GM? Do you think your boss is 100% honest with you? If you do you are a fool.

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