Broncos are back in the Super Bowl contender saddle with Russell Wilson

Cameron Parker
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 26: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field on December 26, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 26: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field on December 26, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Back in the saddle once again, the Russell Wilson trade makes the Denver Broncos Super Bowl contenders, and what a time it is to be alive.

The Russell Wilson trade makes the Denver Broncos once again Super Bowl contenders and it feels so good.

Aaron Rodgers to the Denver Broncos is no more, but a trade for a franchise quarterback remained true as the team acquired Russell Wilson on Tuesday afternoon sending shock waves to the rest of the league. Second-year General Manager George Paton made good on his word with Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton getting them and the rest of the wide receiver group.

Wilson’s entrance to the AFC West not only gives the Broncos a chance at the division but a Super Bowl.

Since Hall of Famer Peyton Manning left the building the Broncos have been searching for the answer again at quarterback. Every single Broncos fan has hated seeing the QB carousel graphic grow since Manning retired. When Manning first joined the Denver Broncos it, like Wilson, sent ripple effects to the rest of the league that they meant business — winning championships and doing so from here on out.

Hopping back into the Delorean to present day, the Denver Broncos now have Russell Wilson and find themselves in the same position, but with a different front office. Wilson checked a lot of boxes from the Broncos’ perspective.

He meshes well with new Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett, front office chemistry, community, and roster. Wilson is a player who can step right in being the leader and locker room presence team needed since Manning. Also, Wilson in Denver has the chance to be exactly like Manning in free agency. Denver has the opportunity to go all-in this off-season with Wilson at QB.

Talking strictly about the roster and Russell Wilson’s mesh with the Denver Broncos players is as exciting as it gets. Wilson is known as one of the most underappreciated quarterbacks in the last handful of years. Putting him in a Broncos system where Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler reside is a beautiful marriage.

It’s hard to say who the biggest winner of the Wilson trade is, but Jeudy’s name keeps ringing in my head as a huge winner in this. Jeudy’s separation, get-off, and underrated speed will be electric with the new QB. A true field general allows players to be in the right situation and best utilizes their skill set. Wilson in fold gives them a great mesh for the offense.

Wilson’s play as a runner also helps out both Javonte Williams and the deep threats. The beautiful thing about Wilson is the willingness to change playbooks. What I mean by that is Wilson is flexible to be in a run-heavy system or pass-happy if need be.

This is another reason this is the right marriage between team and new quarterback. Denver presents the best possible balance of any team in division. This is on offense and defense side of the ball. The Denver Broncos have consistently had a better defense than offense.

Adding Wilson to the mix gives Denver a possible long-term solution. Wilson will be a free agent in 2024, but you can bet Denver is talking with Wilson’s reps in getting best chance to sign him now before market gets astronomically high.

If Denver does get the extension done with Wilson it affords them the flexibility to create more cap room. As mentioned above, it is not out of the realm of possibility Denver does get aggressive in free agency. Manning signed his deal in 2012 and then in 2014 a massive free agency occurred where players wanted to come to the Mile High City.

Players like Aqib Talib, TJ Ward, DeMarcus Ware, and Emmanuel Sanders chose to squad up with Manning. A championship would soon follow. The team went to a few AFC Championship games and two Super Bowls, achieving one in Super Bowl 50. Denver might do the same now.

The most underrated aspect of Russell Wilson is the impact of both the locker room and community. Denver Broncos have been one of the better off-field teams in serving others from every event. Giving back and helping a community grow is one of the best feelings in the world.

The other is a positive vibe in the locker room. Losing seasons takes its toll on players mentally. However, with the addition of Wilson to the locker room the offensive side has the voice to turn to when chips are down. This opens Simmons up to be that vocal leader with the defense. Multiple leaders and voices of reason is a big deal for the locker room. It keeps a team’s synergy in tact and the confidence still high.

The Denver Broncos have been longing to be Super Bowl contenders once again. The roster was built for a quarterback and for it to be appealing for a quarterback. Russell Wilson saw the strides Denver had been making over the years and saw exactly the appeal of Denver and wanted to call that his future home.

If you’re a Broncos fan, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better feeling lately than a franchise quarterback wanting Denver.

Russell Wilson wanted Denver and now the team is a Super Bowl contender.

Wilson played in the NFC West. That division already was considered to be the best in the NFL. Nipping right at that NFC West had been the AFC West.

Wilson chose that division and Denver. He is not afraid of competition to where he must beat the best to become the best.

Wilson also has shown that in his career becoming a Super Bowl champion and appearing in another Super Bowl. He will have every weapon at his disposal and a General Manager who will draft consistently around him. From top to bottom (without an owner yet), this is a perfect marriage for Russell Wilson.