The Russell Wilson trade has been bananas for the Seahawks
This part of the article isn't meant as some kind of diss toward Russell Wilson. Whether he wins or loses with the Denver Broncos in 2023 does not matter for Seattle anymore. Last season Seattle reaped the benefits of every Wilson loss because that meant a higher draft pick for the Seahawks in the 2023 NFL draft.
But now all the draft picks Seattle could have gotten from the Wilson trade are done. (Heck, I guess one might even argue that defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones, who Seattle signed this offseason, ended up in Seattle only because of the Wilson trade because Denver then signed Wilson to a massive deal which made Jones expendable in free agency.) And the Seahawks got a massive haul for Wilson.
Even if Wilson had been decent in his short time with Denver, Seattle likely would have made out well, but nothing like they would have as Wilson struggled in 2022. Seattle has been able to reset its roster and add a ton of talent in doing so. Here are the players the Seahawks have added due to the Russell Wilson trade:
- 2022 first-round pick (LT Charles Cross)
- 2022 second-round pick (OLB Boye Mafe)
- 2022 fifth-round pick (traded to later draft WR Dareke Young)
- 2023 first-round pick (CB Devon Witherspoon)
- 2023 second-round pick (OLB Derick Hall)
- QB Drew Lock
- TE Noah Fant
The list also doesn't include defensive lineman Shelby Harris who was decent in Seattle in 2022 but then left in free agency this past offseason. Otherwise, even if the players received back for Wilson ended up being Cross, Mafe, Witherspoon, and Fant that would have been great. But Hall might be really good and Fant is an excellent catch-and-run option.