The Denver Broncos landed their long-sought franchise quarterback after all – just not the one many expected.
Not long after news broke Tuesday that Aaron Rodgers had decided to stay with the Green Bay Packers, the Broncos agreed to acquire nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not yet been finalized.
NFL Network was first to report the news.
The Seahawks will receive two first-round picks, two second-round picks, quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive lineman Shelby Harris. Lock started 21 games for the Broncos the last three years and could be a candidate to take over as the team’s starter.
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Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The move comes just six days after Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team had no plans of trading Wilson.
“That’s commonplace for us to have conversations with teams about all of the players, particularly marquee players, and that’s not changed,” Carroll said on Wednesday. “It’s been the same every year we’ve been here so it’s the same as it’s been. We have no intention of making any move there.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Russell Wilson trade: Broncos land QB from Seahawks in blockbuster