Number 3: Denver Broncos
At least two of these teams are going to give up players as well as draft picks to get Russell Wilson. Both the Broncos and the Saints do have first-round picks but neither team has a high pick in 2022 and each team only has one first-round choice in both 2022 and 2023. Denver currently has the 14th overall pick in next year’s draft.
Basically, if Denver were to offer their first-round pick in 2022 and first in 2023 for Russell Wilson, that isn’t enough. If the pick stays 14th, that isn’t high enough for Seattle to choose a relatively sure thing to help remake the team. And Denver should be better in 2023 if they were able to get Wilson which means their pick (if they didn’t trade it to Seattle) would be lower.
However, if Denver were to offer both the first pick in 2022 and first in 2023 along with one of its two second-round picks in 2022 plus center Lloyd Cushenberry III then maybe that would be OK. There are still too many question marks to make the deal happen, however.
This means no deal really and the Seahawks holding on to Wilson. I mean, Wilson has no real power until at least after 2023 because he is signed through then. Seattle could franchise-tag him even in 2024. But Cushenberry could help fix Seattle’s center issues for many years and Seattle could find some solid picks in those first two rounds.
And no, Denver isn’t going to trade its good receivers because why would you add Wilson and give up his weapons? That would be dumb and defeat the purpose of acquiring a quarterback who could make the most out of a good group of receivers.