It’s now Super Bowl or bust for the Denver Broncos after Wilson trade

Denver Broncos 2022 trade option - Russell Wilson (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos 2022 trade option - Russell Wilson (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos are now officially in a Super Bowl or bust scenario after trading for Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.

After six years of mediocre quarterback play, 6 years of inept offenses and no playoff appearances, the Denver Broncos are not only back, but now a firm Super Bowl contender.

On Tuesday, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks agreed in principle on a trade to send Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in exchange for several draft picks and Shelby Harris, Drew Lock, and Noah Fant.

I think this was a great trade for Denver.  The Broncos still have plenty cap space and will almost surely extend Wilson to create more space.  They can also restructure contracts to open up more space.

Not only that, they still have a decent arsenal of mid round draft picks in a draft that has strong depth.

With Wilson now in Denver, it’s reasonable to think that free agents will want to come to Denver on a roster that was already very solid. This move for Russell Wilson is in the same tier as the Bucs signing Tom Brady and Rams trading for Matthew Stafford.

At some point during Wilson’s tenure in Denver, one or more Super Bowls must be won.  There is no excuse anymore.  Denver has a great defense and now are expected to have an excellent offense.

The stage is set after six years for Denver to be a competitive team again, even in the AFC West. Denver now has a stronger roster than most teams in the AFC, and Wilson is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

The future Hall of Famer and former Super Bowl winner is bringing a 104-53-1 career record with 292 career touchdown passes, 87 interceptions, and a 101.8 quarterback rating.

Over his 10 year career, he averages bout 10.4 wins per season, along with 29.2 touchdown passes on just 8.7 interceptions. Wilson is the definition of consistent and efficient.  He has never thrown more than 13 interceptions in a season and has passed for at least 20 touchdowns in every season.

In four of the last five seasons, Wilson has thrown for at least 31 touchdown passes, and his passer rating ranks 4th all time.

Entering his age-34 season, Wilson is set to embark on the last 7-10 seasons of his career. He is soon officially a Denver Bronco, and will bring a Super Bowl or bust pedigree with him.

General manager George Paton has proven to be excellent as his job, with strong drafts and sound free agent signings.

As long as Paton can continue to provide the necessary player resources on the field, Denver will be competing for Super Bowls for the next 10 years.

It is indeed Super Bowl or bust for the Denver Broncos, beginning in 2022 and beyond.